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Hello all!!! Today I am sharing with you 2 pieces I completed for Paulina Wojtowicz /TEA BLENDZ loose leaf tea distributing company. All free handed, original work done with acrylic paint. *Unfortunately the photos lost some quality (and therefore detail) when they were uploaded.
Thank you, and happy sipping, friends! 😄☕️ - Klara
I will be explaining the painting in 3 sections; top left, top right, and the bottom.
Top left: As tea originates from China, I decided to include (minimal) cherry blossom branches in the painting. A sexy lady has fallen into a tea cup! Next to her, a sexy Latin male rides the waves of life (lol). Underneath we have Alice and her friends, and more cherry blossom branches are found to be holding up the tea cups or wrapping around the sign, which points us in a few directions, including towards the top right of the painting!
Top right: As the sign suggests, a loose leaf tea blend is being sprinkled into a golden spiral abyss where ..
Bottom: ..Alice experiences time travel as she falls into a "parallel universe" :p A cosmic galaxy is presented at the bottom with trees lined all around. *Similar to my "Lunar Lovin" piece, it is possible to rotate this 360 degrees (or upside down) and still have an image as the trees are mirrored*. - Klara Biernacki
"This quote was provided, I presented it in a font I felt was fitting, and threw in some of the Alice and Wonderland characters. All free handed, done with acrylic paint!"
- Klara Biernacki
These painting are as unique, mesmerizing and "mad hatter-ish" , as the staff who makeup our business... in short, they are the perfect fit thank-you so very much.
- Paulina Wojtowicz
Long, long ago back in the 19th century a great tradition was started. Afternoon tea wasn’t a thing until Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to be the first to introduce it in England, in 1840.
Anna, The Duchess, would become hungry around four in the afternoon since evening meals were served fashionably late (around eight). Apparently, there were only two meals each day -- a mid-morning- brunch meal and the other was an increasingly late dinner… This left a long period of time between lunch and dinner to honestly get a little hangry. So the Duchess asked for: a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.
This idea of afternoon tea gatherings spread across high society, became a favorite pastime leisure for ladies and eventually became a fashionable social event. During the 1880's upper-class (who called it low tea) and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon/high tea which was most commonly served in the “drawing room” between 4-5.
Tea parties were created for all sorts of different occasions….just for fun, girl time/high tea, gatherings, birthdays, house warming, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers & some hotels serve a classic vintage style high tea.
Afternoon teas are an excellent way to entertain elegantly.
Want to host a tea party? Great idea !
Flavoured Marble Eggs
As always, here I am experimenting with tea and I have recently been looking into ideas with eggs; since Easter is right around the corner. I came around an old Chinese method of making marbled eggs, so I thought-why not? - I’ll make my own!
I took a simple recipe and made it even shorter and ultimately easier to make. All I needed was:
First thing I did was make sure I hard boiled my eggs, so in a small pot I brought my water to a boil and let my eggs dance around over medium heat for 10 minutes.
After a hard boil, I removed the eggs and let them cool for a couple minutes just enough so I could hold them without burning my fingers (placing them in cold water also works).
At the same time, after removing the eggs after the hard boil I placed the tea bags, star anise, cracked pepper and brown sugar to the water.
While the tea is steeping, I gently tapped each individual egg with the edge of a spoon to create a cracked egg effect all over but also making sure the shell did not chip or peel off. Once all eggs where complete, I returned them to my pot with the new tea mixture.
I allowed these eggs to simmer on the lowest setting for 90 minutes (More intense flavours happen with longer simmer times)
Once you decide to remove the eggs, you can either store them for a couple days in the fridge or peel them immediately but be VERY careful and gentle when taking the shell off.
And there you go! A simple step by step to create a flavoured egg with beautiful dark marble stains! Of course you can always make variations of the ingredients.. I bet this marbled egg would taste lovely with a Tea Blendz cream earl grey and some vanilla syrup!!
Taking a Look into Masala Chai
Most drink tea because they relatively enjoy the meditative process of creating a little magic in a cup, or simply because of the taste and scents that consume the room. We all know and have heard about the health benefits of tea but, how much do you really know about the other ingredients such as spices, that you’re getting from the specific cup you’re drinking.
Due to the fact chai actually contains several spices, Not very many know that “chai” is actually a form of medicine used by the ancient Ayurveda methods. I took the list of ingredients to Tea Blendz Masala Chai Explosion ( black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and clove.) and we’ll help explain some of their best benefits.
Probably the most widely known for its effective cold and flu assistance, ginger also helps assist the body with so much more. Thanks to its awesome ability to absorb and stimulate nutrients ginger offers antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory effects.
Of course cardamom has more than a few benefits but the most relatively predominant feature is its ability to improve digestion by speeding up the process. Cardamom reduces inflammation that can be associated with heart burn, and apparently helps reduce acidity level within the gut flora to assist with gas, bloating and indigestion.
As per a previous Tea Blendz blog based on cinnamon, Cinnamon can improve sensitivity to insulin, and there is seemingly a link to improving neurodegenerative diseases. Cinnamon has highly potent polyphenols and has been linked with reducing the risk of heart disease by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Also known as cilantro to many of us, has a list of health benefits that seems to take pages and pages worth of explanations. To make it short, Coriander has components and oils that help with skin inflammation & skin disorders, lowers cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, mouth ulcers, anemia, properties aiding in anti-histamines, bone health, digestion and much much more!
Just to name a few, cloves are acknowledged to have: antioxidant, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, warming and soothing properties, anti-flatulent properties by providing higher gut motility therefore, helping relieve indigestion and constipation problems.
Therefore to sum up chai, is to expect lots of advantageous health perks such as digestion aid, help with anti-inflammation, improved blood sugar levels and an overall super potent mix in helping fight free radicals through the body’s natural oxidation process through its superb antioxidant structures.
A simple do it yourself beauty project