How to Paint Using Wine
What do you give the wine lover who has it all? How about a painting done with wine? This art form isn't a novel concept (it actually dates all the way back to the Renaissance), but with everyone stuck indoors this year, it's steadily experiencing a resurgence.
There are many artists producing paintings from wine, and you can just buy one of their finished works — check out the awesome one above by Serbian artist Sanja Jankovic. Or ... you can channel your inner Monet and attempt to create something special yourself! Just be sure to designate plenty of wine for drinking during the process.
Here are some tips for painting with wine:
1. Have a few colors handy. Different wines will produce different shades of red. Darker reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot will yield a more purple color, while lighter reds such as Sangiovese and Tempranillo will give you an orangey brick hue.
2. Reduce the wine to get a darker, richer color. Let it simmer over low heat in a pan (be careful not to let it burn!) for about 15 minutes, then let cool.
3. Use watercolor paper. Since wine is water-based, you'll want to paint on watercolor paper. You may even want to further prep the paper by dabbing a damp sponge over it and taping it flat against a wall to dry. This is to prevent the paper from warping when the wine dampens it.
4. Get creative! Of course you can use regular brushes to apply the wine like normal paint ... but why not take the wine theme a step further? Consider using cork to stamp or roll on patterns, or the bottom of a wine glass to achieve the culaccino effect.
5. Preserve your painting. Unlike paint, wine is sticky! Take extra care to avoid smearing it inadvertently. After you're done, consider preserving your painting by spraying it with a matte fixatif.