Spill Your Wine? Paint With It! Watch as Artist Makes Jay-Z's Portrait Out of Wine

These works give "wine stain" a whole new meaning

Can you imagine opening a bottle of wine and resisting the urge to drink it—and instead using it as paint? That takes serious self-control, but artist Amelia Harnas is used to it: Since 2010, she's been creating impressive portraits of celebrities and historical figures with a paint she makes out of red wine. Harnas recently teamed up with Punch magazine to make this short video to demonstrate her process. Watch and see how she paint Jay-Z's portrait and other distinctive faces out of wine stains:

Painting Under the Influence from PUNCH on Vimeo.

Harnas says she developed the idea and technique for her wine-stain portraits over a period of two years. As she told us: “I vividly remember looking at the very first wine stain when it was finished and thinking, holy moly, it actually worked. It was a certifiable ‘Eureka!’ moment." The portraits, like watercolors, are very delicate, but Harnas says that the first ones she made in 2010 have held up well. The best way to store the portraits? Keep them framed to delay oxidation, Harnas advises.

Harnas is represented by Exhibit A Contemporary Art. Visit her website to see a selection of her other beautiful portraits.

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