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Amazing artwork created with tea, vodka, whisky and ink

Oct 6, 2014

by Natalie Wall

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Inspired by our forthcoming first EVER UK Etsy art exhibition, we’ve been discovering loads of amazing local artists on Etsy of late.

UK artist and Etsy seller Carne Griffiths creates beautiful paintings made with unusual mediums more likely to be found in your kitchen or drinks cabinet – we’re talking tea, brandy, vodka and whisky, as well as graphite and calligraphy ink.

Carne Griffiths art created with alcohol and tea
carne griffiths art

Carne Griffiths

Carne Griffiths art created with alcohol and tea

Carne Griffiths

“I have drawn with fountain pen for many years, often with plain water washes. When I decided to leave my post of creative director at an embroidery firm to pursue a love of drawing I experimented with liquids such as brandy,” says Carne of his medium choices.

“I liked the effect this had on the inks I was using but decided that an alternative that wasn’t such a wasteful crime would be a better option so I started experimenting with different types of tea.”

Carne Griffiths art created with alcohol and tea

Carne Griffiths

carne griffiths art

Carne Griffiths

His drawings most frequently explore human and floral forms, as says he’s “fascinated by the flow of line and the ‘invisible lines’ that connect us to the natural world.”

The images have a dreamlike quality to them, where physical boundaries are unimportant, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.

“Being able to combine a drawn line and loosely painted mark repeatedly and with layering is something that has helped my work develop and my confidence with colour has increased as a result of working with a somewhat muted and limited palette,” Carne says.

Carne Griffiths art created with alcohol and tea

Carne Griffiths

We say: We’ll never look at a tea cup ring stain in the same way again…

What do you think about this most unusual choice of medium? Ever experimented with extraordinary ink yourself? Comment below or tweet us @EtsyUK!

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Chloe Giordano’s amazing little embroidered animals
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