About the Art: Mend

Update 2017/05/21: Changed post title from “Art Archive Series Part 2: Mend” to “About the Art: Mend”

For part 2 of my Art Archive Series, I’m showcasing Mend. And before you ask, yes I am showcasing them in chronological order. That would make Mend the second official Soulprint I ever made. Yay, Mend! Yay, Soulprints!

So let me just confess something, out in the open.

I love tea.

I’m slightly addicted, too. See, I’m not trying to brag here, but right now I have 51 different types of tea.

And you’re probably saying, “Holy Camellia sinensis, that’s a lot of tea!”

And I’d say, “Yes, yes it is.”

I’m big on variety and I’m a sucker for a sale sticker. If I’m at an Asian grocery store and I find a brand of oolong tea I’ve never tried, well I just have to try it. If I find a tea on clearance that I’ve never tried, well I just have to try it. And if I come across a tea I already know I like on clearance, well jump for joy it’s Xmas!

What tea do I like? Well, here’s a short list of select teas from my mega tea collection, for your viewing pleasure:

  • Honey Lemon Ginseng Green (or Green and White) Tea by Celestial Seasonings – Currently my all-time favorite individual tea.
  • Oolong Tea, any brand – The green tea above might be my favorite particular tea flavor, but oolong is my favorite type of tea, hands down. I love it so. Way more than plain green itself (unless it’s Matcha). I have more oolong than any other type of tea, and I won’t rest until I find the perfect one.
  • Taja Tea Saffron Infusion Earl Grey Tea – I have a weakness for Earl Grey. BERGAMOT! When it comes to iced tea, I don’t make standard Orange Pekoe iced tea. I make Earl Grey iced tea, and it is amazing. There’s another Earl Grey I want to pick up, but I’ve made a deal with myself to whittle down what I currently have before buying another tea. I’m sure I’ll cave at some point.
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Holiday Tea – This one is fun. Add some milk or cream and honey, and send yourself to heaven.
  • Good Earth Original Sweet & Spicy Herb Tea – It’s like drinking an Atomic Fireball.
  • Lipton Sri Lankan Gold Black Tea – Why this tea was phased out, I’ll never understand. It was glorious. I do love a good black tea.

You’ll notice that these are all boxed, bagged teas. I have some loose tea, and I love them, but I have a thing for boxed teas. I don’t know why. My dream tea store would be just shelves upon shelves of fascinating, obscure, random boxed teas of all different types and flavors from around the world. I’m pretty sure I’d be in there every friggin day.

So, yea, I love tea, and Mend is a teapot. With green ink as well as black ink. As was the way with the other early Soulprints, I didn’t know I was drawing a teapot until I was about halfway done and decided that’s what it was. But, I’m comfortable with that kind of ambiguity, so I ran with it and fleshed out the rest of the teapot.

Nothing mends like a good cup of tea. {: