Sleepy Kitty

I finished up this one this morning.  I may be a little slow on things for a while right now because of all the Jewish holidays, but I’ll get out what I can.  I wanted to do another mixed coffee and tea painting.  I think I need a heavier weight paper.  Hopefully once I figure out which paper I like from the samples Blick sent me, I can get some 300 lbs paper.  Maybe that will work better for my initial washes.  The 140 seems to work fine for watercolor, but not so much for doing washes in coffee and tea.

This one is now available here, and the full length video is available on my Patreon page.

8x10 coffee and tea on 140lbs watercolor paper.
8×10 coffee and tea on 140lbs watercolor paper.

Other Paintings You Might Enjoy:

Frozen Lady

Pansies

Clock and Daisies

Handful of Tea

Sip of Coffee

Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie

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I love raspberries, and I also enjoy tea, so when I saw this recipe on a blog I follow, I had to try it.  I think it’s awesome and you should try it!  Mixing up my coffee and tea is nice every once in while.  I may have to try some more smoothie recipes.

Here’s the recipe that you can find on raezcafe.wordpress.com:

Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie

Yields 2 smoothies

Ingredients:

-1 cup Organic Green Tea, steeped and chilled

-1/3 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt

-1/2 pint raspberries (about 1 cup), fresh or frozen

-1 large banana, fresh or frozen

-1 tablespoon agave or honey

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean or vanilla extract

-1/2 cup ice

Instructions:

1.Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Raezcafe’s Recipe Blog Post

If you try it, you should tell me about.  How did you like it?  Leave a comment below or take a picture and tell me about it #shalevbasya.  I’m sure #raezcafe would like to know about it too.

Here are some more blog posts you might enjoy:

Iced Mocha Fusion

The Pumpkin Spice Latte

New Paintings

I’m sorry I haven’t posted recently.  I’ve been dealing with some medical issues, but I have two new paintings to share with you.

Row of Tea (c)

Here’s another raspberry tea painting.  This one’s an 8×10.  I love the little tea cups you get when you go to an Asian restaurant, and having them all in a line kind of went along with the Asian theme of having everything perfectly presented.  I just got a box of various fruit teas, so I’ll be experimenting with those in the near future.  Make sure sure to check back to see how that goes.

Cappuccino Star (c)

I had first attempted to redo the coffee painting I did for my mother’s card since it came out so wonderfully, but I know better than that.  Redoing paintings never works out for me.  Hopefully I get a better camera eventually so I can do prints.  Instead, I did this little guy.  He’s a little 5×7 cappuccino with a star on top.  My husband commented about how “fun” it was when he walked by as I was painting.  Anything he calls “fun” means he likes and enjoys it.

Both these paintings are available on my storenvy page.  shalevbasya.storenvy.com

Handful of Tea

After the frustration of my last coffee painting, I needed some tea time.  I tried chai at first, but I couldn’t get a dark enough pigment with that either.  So back to raspberry.  I need to get some more fruit teas and experiment with those.

Handful of Tea 1

I started out with a light drawling.  The actual drawling is lighter than this.  I just hyped up the contrast in the photo so you could actually see it.  I don’t drawl everything.  Just enough to know where to put my base layers.

Handful of Tea 2

Here are the first layers, getting the form of the cup and the hands.  The tea dries slower than the coffee, so my tea paintings take longer than my coffee paintings.

Handful of tea 3

Now for some more layers and definition.  Painting with the raspberry tea is always an interesting experiment.  Parts of stay a grayish blue, and then darker areas turn various shades of purple.

Handful of Tea (c)

I was happy with the amount of purple I was able to get into this piece.  I think it’s kind of become my signature to always have cup in my painting, which I’m fine with.  So maybe once I’m able to do larger pieces.  (I have better supplies.  🙂 )  I can be more clever with my cups.

This piece is now for sale on my storenvy page:  shalevbasya.storenvy.com

Raspberry Tea

Raspberry Tea Setup

After doing coffee, I thought I’d try tea.  The painting I wanted to do was of raspberry tea and some raspberries, so I that I’d use raspberry tea.  It has a strong pigment and it’s red.  Sounds good, right?  Well, when it dries, it dries to a grayish blue color.  Apparently, I won’t be painting with red.  It seemed to dry strong enough, so I decided to go ahead with it, and it smelled pleasant enough.

Raspberry Tea 1

It seems to layer more nicely than the coffee did and works more similarly to watercolor.  It’s been interesting working with only one color in a painting.  These are just the first layers.  I always have to be sure not to go too dark in the beginning.  I can always go darker later if I need to.  It’s fun watching the tea go on, because it goes on red and then dries a grayish blue.

Raspberry Tea (c)

Here’s the finished piece.  It was interesting see how in the darker areas, after some layers had been built up, it dried to a purple color.  The raspberry tea was definitely very fun to work with and didn’t come out at all how I expected.

This 5×7 piece is now for sale on my storenvy page:  shalevbasya.storenvy.com.