I have been reading about tea today, did you know…

Tea, that most quintessential of English drinks, is a relative latecomer to British shores. Although the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China, it was not until the mid 17th century that the drink first appeared in England. Thats not really very long ago is it?

The use of tea spread slowly from its Asian homeland, reaching Europe by way of Venice around 1560, although Portuguese trading ships may have made contact with the Chinese from as early as 1515.
It was the Portuguese and Dutch traders who first imported tea to Europe, with regular shipments coming by 1610. England was a latecomer to the tea trade, as the East India Company did not capitalize on tea’s popularity until the mid-18th century.

You can read more about this at wikipedia, here.

I started thinking about Tea and its formative role in art in the last 300 yrs in British culture….So, here I will start with some old vintage tea posters!



And then I started thinking about art USING tea leaves…


or perhaps more commonly, using coffee beans…


check these links…

1) a site selling paintingonly made from coffee

2) a forum discussing how to paint with tea…

and here is a video on painting with coffee..

Enjoy! Merry Christmas from Matt and all the Portrait Xpress artists