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Dara Gold Inspires Me To Not Drink Tea

Dara Gold is a Canadian illustrator who works in the video game industry, but when she’s not working on video games, she’s playing around with tea.. More specifically tea stains!

I  first came across her work a few years ago when I was looking for project ideas for my drawing class. I just remember seeing some really cool illustrations colored with tea stains and just being blown away by them. Long story short, I fell in love with the medium and now I can’t get enough of her work!  The way she creates these works, is also pretty neat.

As all great art begins, Dara first prepares a sketch, she then outlines her work with tea.

Then Dara begins to draw in the details to her character.

After all that, she begins the inking process.

And this is the final result.. A mixture of tea stains, ink, and awesome!

I sadly can’t post ALL of Dara’s work on here. But if  you haven’t stopped swooning at this point, then I highly recommend you check out her website. She also has a Facebook page you can follow, and her twitter handle is @dara_gold.


  1. vnguye41 wrote:

    Her process is simply beautiful. The amount of gradiation in her material shows her mastery of its substance, even surpassing the effects of watercolors. I love how she doesn’t let the extra strokes hinder her final piece, but also utilizes them to make it stronger!

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  2. sadams21 wrote:

    Wow! Dara Gold’s artworks just proved that anything can be used as a medium. Her work has an “unfinished” look, which I’m a huge fan of.

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm | Permalink
  3. aleathar wrote:

    I once had a friend who did much the same process with coffee, and the results were beautiful. My only hesitation is that while Golds work is great, the longevity of it might be a bit limited.
    Unlike water color or other water-soluble paints, tea is organic based. This means its not -made- to resit fading, or molding, or any number of processes. The color of tea is beautiful, but I do wonder if its really that different from some liquid water color and a little salt on the paper to give it texture?

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  4. rpierce6 wrote:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, so glad you posted so many photos! I feel like I really understand just how she does it. ALEATHAR brings up a good point though, about the longevity of her work. It would be a shame if she wasn’t taking some sort of precautions to protect it. Do you know if she does?

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm | Permalink
  5. Zoey wrote:

    What caught my attention was the fact that Dara’s artwork showcases a LOT of my favorite movies/characters. Her work is so beautiful. It’s really great to see that great artwork doesn’t always have to be produced by conventional supplies. This also reminded me of how popular coffee artwork is getting. Will definitely be looking out for her work! Thanks for introducing a lovely artist.

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Permalink
  6. zwalker wrote:

    I can see why she works in the video game industry. She has a real talent for making fully rendered concepts out of literally just tea stains. I really enjoy the creativity of the drawing as well, the amount of detail is perfect for the style. The blog post itself is pretty standard when it comes to delivery of the process but the art is so good that you overlook that.

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  7. sgeramia wrote:

    This great artwork makes you want to look for more examples. By looking at it you understand that the placement of color would not matter as long as you like the art.Also there is a great relationship between colors and the form.

    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:46 am | Permalink

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