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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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New Work...is on its way...

Since I have to get back to work (art making that is) for my up and coming exhibit at the Azucarera gallery (April 10th - 30th), I spent the majority of yesterday preparing the ground on my paper. I revived good 'ol tea-staining and experimented with marbling. I actually love the results and then I stood up until 3:30am starting the first piece. Thought you all might like to see what I'm up to.

If you're interested in tea-staining be sure to have a whole night - the results are much better with good quality rag paper and an overnight soak.

black tea staininga detail shot of the overnight results of tea-staining prepared grounds with experiments in marbling and my first piece on its way pic by m.diaz my newest piece in progress by marisol diaz a detail shot art and photo by marisol diaz

I really don't know what direction this will all go in - but its seems I'm still caught up in the last Unearthly woman concept...We'll see where it wall takes me.

-Ciao Amarettogirl

Reader Comments (26)

Beautiful drawing... I showed it around to the guys here and they were blown away!!! Can't wait to see them on person.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStainboy

I love love love it. I'm so inspired right now to bad I'm stuck in class well I'll make due without out the water colors and just work with my pen and notebook lol loveee u!!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlly

Holy crap. That's insanely beautiful!!!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan v

I never knew you could use tea to make art, but I guess that's just one of the mysteries behind creativity. The piece is very beautiful, and I can't wait to see the finished piece c:

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

Mari, you never cease to amaze me. This is truly stunning and sooo me on a number of levels. My mother made me a tapestry years ago that is framed that reminds me very much of this. I have to locate the shot I took of it. Anyhoo, I absolutely LOVE this piece and look forward to seeing the finished product first hand. However I am curious and do not know if you know but would the staining and marbling technique work with coffee grains?
Ciao Meow for now.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon ;D

That artpiece is breathtaking.....Your so wonderful!!!!! And it fits right in with your other unearthly pieces...I can't wait to see the finsihed piece.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTital

this is so great. i want to try tea staining. your eyelashes look sick. love it!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

this is crazy!!! i love the watercolor, it's beautiful! and the tea staining sounds so cool. can't wait see how it all turns out...!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervrock

Thank you for your lovely comments. It totally made my day seeing you got back to my blog as well. Those owls you talked about are really cute, thanks!

Marbling paper is something that has been on my list for a while, I'd love to give it a go.

That piece is beautiful! You will show us when it's finished right? I can't wait!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

WHOA! this is an amazing piece of work! I love your style!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi pumpkin pie

Hi, Marisol!
I'm so happy you answered me! Thank you!
You can talk to me in English if you like. It's so good practice my poor English. lol
I couldn't understand about the number we have to choose for the giveaway. Can it be any number starting from zero?

I really love this tea stain technique. Althouth I don't have many opportunities to use it.
Have you ever tried to work with coffe? We use a lot of coffe paper, that paper we use to make coffe.... What is it called??? It's "Coador" in Portuguese...

By the way, did you know that Marisol means "Sea and Sun" in Portuguese? I have a friend with the same name and we call her "Sol".

Well, let me go on and finish the toor around your blog! :)

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

Oh wow, these new pieces are coming along beautifully. Glad you have this time to work on these pieces. I cant wait to see them at Azucarera!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertai

this is incredbile beautiful

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrisha

BEAUTIFUL!!! you've gotta teach me how to do that

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremi

oh my goodness! I must learn from you all about this tea staining and marbling. I love the effects! Can't wait to see the final pieces.

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

OMG that is sooooo pretty i espicially love the eyes! they are so detailed! Once again im sry im late on commenting, this week i was supposed to get my high school acceptance letter but they were held up by the law (something about the schools that were failing being closed) i heard ima get it next week though...im going crazy ive never felt this way before...oh well no need to ramble on i love your work and i love you and miss you xoxoxox RINA

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

You are amazing! Seriously...there are no words to explain how in aw I am of your talent!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter{eleise}

The tea staining is amazing! I love the look of it! can't wait to c more of this style!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz

Looks cool, will observe more in detail tomorrow morning. Looking forwards to learning more from you...

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare


March 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarcie

YARRR, dude, this looks SO good. The background marbling shining through works really well, and I can't believe how much punch the eyelashes give it.

can't wait to see the finished version and whats to come! hope you feel better quick!

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercolin

This is beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished product!

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBunnyKissd

I am new to know this tea stainning... amazing... and you are so talented..


March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpapijorj

wow. you are so talented! i wanna be just like you when I grow up! :p XO Sal

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Your work is awesome!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

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