Painting with Wine: a Tipsy Art Style

Wine is an alcoholic drink made from fermented fruits such as grapes. The color of wine varies, from pale yellow through rich red to a dark, plum brown. This range of color and wine's liquid nature means that the drink can be used as an ink.

The Techniques of Painting with Wine
Wine paintings are created in a similar manner to ink or watercolor paintings. The wine "paint" can be watered down for a lighter color, or layered, to create a darker shade. Wine art is painted on porous paper, which has often been soaked and pressed onto a board before painting, to make the paper more absorbent. Watercolor effects tools such as rubber paint and salt can also be used in wine painting.

Above: This wine painting depicts a semi-nude woman pouring wine over her shoulder into a glass. The artist has used several watercolor techniques to create the wine painting such as staining the page with a light wash of wine before painting the subject.

Above: Using wine from the same bottle gives wine painting an even tone. The result in this realistic painting of a castle is that the painting appears to be an old photograph that has faded, leaving only the red ink behind.

Above: The wild essence of this painting is perfect for wine art, depicting both the intoxicating nature of wine and the artist's freedom of expression.

Wine Paintings as Decor
Wine paintings have a place with any wine loving art enthusiast, and make apt decor for bars and pubs. Paintings that use wine as an ink or paint should be sprayed with a sealant and displayed behind glass in a dry frame. Often, wine artists will include the vintage and wine maker's name in the name of the painting, making wine paintings a great promotional tool for wine farms and alcohol distributors.

Above: The artist has used a few well placed brush strokes to create depth in this wine painting. The lighter areas have been painted with watered down wine, and the darker areas use undiluted wine that is layered for deep shadows.

Above: This cartoon character was created with pencil and wine. Like both watercolor and ink, wine can be a very expressive and attractive medium.

Above: The artist has layered brush strokes of wine to create shadows. Other areas of the painting have been outlined in pencil to give the impression of buildings.

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