Art + Candy = Awesome
If you travel to China’s Sichuan Province you might have the good fortune to encounter a street artisan practicing a form of Chinese folk art that has been around since the Ming Dynasty: painting with caramelized sugar. As this video shows, these masters make their delicate craft look completely effortless. And the best part is, once a piece has been completed, some lucky person gets to eat it!
“Painting” artistic pieces from melted sugar is very different than regular painting. Because the hot sugar cools down very quickly, the painter has to work swiftly, making sure he follows the correct order of strokes to get every shape just right. In order to get familiar with the process and the technique, it’s recommended that artists practice normal painting first.
Practitioners of this centuries-old craft use brown or white sugar as the main material, a bronze spoon and a small shovel as tools, and a slab of marble as the canvas. The sugar is melted over a fiery pot and spread over the canvas with the spoon. Once the shape is completed, the shovel is used to glue a wooden stick to the artwork and to separate it from the marble slab. For around to Chinese yuan (30 cents) you can have your very own caramelized sugar dragon or phoenix and a unique souvenir.
Visit Oddity Central to learn more about this tasty and astonishing craft.