TEA BAG ART
Using tea bags for art is a new venture for me.
Read on to see how it worked out.
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Gessos – TCW9001 White Gesso, TCW9002 Black Gesso,
TCW9003 Gold Gesso, TCW9010 Silver Gesso,
Paints – TCW9013 Iridescent Gold, TCW9015 Black Licorice,
TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet, TCW9014 Iridescent Silver,
Modeling Pastes – TCW9039 Copper Penny, TCW9040 White Pearl,
TCW9041 Platinum, TCW9037 Grecian Gold
Stencils – TCW765 Flower Grid, TCW768 Journal Musings,
TCW772 Regal Butterfly, TCW774 Tuscan Floral,
TCW776 Brick Poetry, TCW779 Wild Roses,
TCW780 Botanical Dream, TCW781 Scrollwork,
TCW792 Micro Dots, TCW800 Laurel Wreath
To prep the tea bags, I steeped and dried them, and then removed the dried leaves. I cut and unfolded them so the paper was a single sheet. Next, I gessoed the bags because the tea paper was very delicate and I wasn’t sure how it would hold up to paint and pastes. (The photo below shows the black gesso, but I did use white, gold, and silver also.)
After the gesso dried, I began using the modeling paste and paint. As you can see in the photo, I taped the stencil and also put a small tape roll on the bottom of the tea bag to try to keep it from moving. The application worked better with less paste on my palette knife. When using the paint, I just made sure to use more of a dry brush application. (NOTE: Make sure to clean the paste off your stencil immediately so it doesn’t dry and ruin the stencil.)
In the end, the gesso did help make the paper a little sturdier. The tea bag paper really wasn’t difficult to work with and I liked its texture. You can see my samples below.
Check out the following pictures to see some of the ways I used my tea bags in my art.
I made a couple of ATCs.
I used 2 of them on this mixed media page.
And I glued a small one onto this mixed media spread.
So far, I’ve used 6 of my tea bag pieces of art. The others are stashed in a convenient place to be added at a moments notice to something else. Thanks for dropping by The Crafter’s Workshop blog. You can also scoot over to my blog at arteverydaystudio.blogspot.com. Like I always say, “Art in the Studio makes every day a good day.”
Until next time, keep making art, friends!