Guess What Created These Masterpieces

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For the hands and minds to create all things beautiful, that is not always inspired by places and things, but can in fact be inspired by people.


Aung San Suu Kyi, a politician, author, and a diplomat inspired a very talented artist to create a Portrait. The Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi most would think nothing more of as paint, colored blocks, or something other than what it is really made of.

Believe it or not, if you look closely, and at each angle, you can see how the Portrait is made out of 2,000 dyed carnations. The artist took plain carnations and would sit them individually in plastic cups of dye, specially formulated so that once the carnation would suck up the dye, it would turn a certain shade. Amazing, right?

AUNG SAN SUU KYI Portrait carnations

Although the pedals of carnations are edible, it’d be sort of weird for someone to catch you actually eating them. Onto more edible items, here’s a tree stump with an ax jammed into it.

Lumberjack cake

Ha! No it’s not. It’s a Cake! Pretty deceiving, right? How can an ax like that stand by itself? With some mathematical calculating, cake-dying, and careful measuring, this awesome Cake was created.

Lumber jack cake

The plaid pattern on the inside and cut tree stump gives off the look and vibe of a lumberjack, so this amazing Cake is called The Lumberjack Cake. With the same amount of calculating and measuring, the Cake can be arranged to have any kind of color arrangement in the center that you would like. You can even change the colors to match the theme of a gender reveal party!

Just when you thought all works of art were made from paint, minus the expectations we have showed you, we still have some edible masterpieces coming.

The picture below looks like a nicely painted portrait of a boat casting over a sea, but in fact, most of the items in this photo are edible. The rocks are potatoes laid over some greens, the sea is actually salmon, the rocks are made out of bread, and the green boat is actually made out of a pea pod.

Carl Warner Salmon Sea

Carl Warner is the artist behind this Portrait. Carl is a London-based photographer who makes foodscapes, which are landscapes made of food. In the picture above, a pea pod boat sails away from a land made of bread and potatoes, over a sea of salmon.

If you thought the Sea of Salmon Landscape was fascinating, Carl set up another landscape he calls the Salami Mountains and River. 

Carl warner salami mountains and river

Carl’s deliciously creative landscapes are amazing to look at. If you take a quick glance, his landscapes look completely normal, especially the one on the left. That image looks like an array of white mountains as a sled slides down a slope, but when you look close, you can see the overlying of each salami piece, pinked to perfection.

As you may by now be starving, we have an artist that can quench your thirst.

Artist Red Hong Yi took 20,000 stained teabags of varying hues and colorways. How could one possibly take 20,000 tea bags and turn it to something amazing and worth the stare? Well, Red did it.

red hong yi teabag portrait

Red has created a Portrait of a ‘teh tarik man’ by intricately layering and the repeating of individually-colored tea pouches. The meaning of ‘teh tarik’, is ‘pulled-tea’ in Malay, which is a drink served in local coffee shops. Her imagination is different from most, and her portrait coming to life with the amount of tea bags she used is impeccably impressive.

red hong yi teabag

In order to create this masterpiece, Red had to stain the teabags in 10 different shades of brown by steeping them in hot water. The most dark shades are from food dyes. On a grid of wire-mesh, Red stapled each bag.

Now, tea bags are a topic of artistry in itself, but moving onto something slightly more complex, Calvin Nicholls takes origami and masters it.

Calvin Nicholls polar bear

Every piece Calvin has ever created is entirely made out of paper. Taking his skills in origami, he cuts, folds, glues, and strategically places paper to appear as realistic and magical as possible. Using the same skills and techniques, he created a similar yet different Sculpture of two other polar bears.

Calvin Nicholls polar bear sculpture

Now that you saw first hand that paint is definitely not the only material that can create stunning masterpieces, you now know that so can other materials such as paper, tea, salami, salmon, potatoes, and even an ax.