Not all painters use a brush, or at least not a regular one.
Chinese artist-architect Red Hong Yi goes by the name “Red” because her name Hong sounds like the word for red in Mandarin.
Her family fled China during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, so Red was born in Sabah, Malaysia. But she studied in Melbourne, Australia, and now works as an architect in Shanghai.
Red first got the idea to use unorthodox materials while on a semester break in Sabah she realized she’d left her supplies in Melbourne.
So she started using everyday objects instead.
She’s certainly cornered the market on using unconventional tools to create her pieces. Here are some examples of her “Make-up meets Chinese Art” series, which combine extraordinary patience with delicate creativity:
Nail polish cherry blossoms ready for Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival
Bamboo with black and gray eyeshadow
The crane represents longevity (done in liquid eyeliner with mascara brushes as cattails)
Firecrackers and lanterns made with fiery red lipstick
2014 is Year of the Horse!
Autumn leaves with eyeliner pencil shavings
A 500-year-old village called Hong Cun with a red hot sun in nail polish
Guilin mountains and river in foundation powder
Orange nail polish koi swim between shimmery green eyeshadow lilypads
Fake eyelashes for leaves and liquid eyeliner for the trunk
Cranes made of damp cotton wool, eyeliner, and pieces of lipstick
Goldfish drawn with mascara