I have to admit, there are some exercises I like and then there are some that I just love, this is one that I really loved! It took me in a different direction than I had planned (as most do), but I let it and I love the final results.
Starting off I glued down some old pages from a children's dictionary. I then glued down a layer of used tea bags, some that I had stamped with walnut ink. I allowed both layers to dry. Once dry I went ahead and added a painting of a magnolia flower.
I quickly sketched out the flower with a transparent paint (I would use a pencil next time). Then began to build up the values as I went.
Feel free to paint something on top of your tea bag collage, or add more collage, or just let it be as a tea bag collage.
Vintage dictionary pages
20 + used tea bags
Paper to glue everything to
Glue - I used PVA
Tea & Painting!
Two of my favorite things combined!
Put a cat on my lap while I drink tea and paint and I would be one of the happiest people out there.
If you are a tea drinker start saving those tea bags! If you aren't a tea drinker you can buy a cheap box of 100 tea bags and brew the strongest tea ever made by putting them all into a couple cups of boiling water, then allowing them to steep until cool, then straining them. Now you have all the tea bags you need and a nice tea bath to tea stain some papers!
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. - Confucius