Hello Friends! Hope you are enjoying your weekend, especially if this is a long weekend for you! It seems like I've been drinking a lot of tea lately, so I thought it was time to get out my tea bags and get creative! This is a mixed-media piece on watercolor paper. First, I tore pieces of the tea bags and glued them to the watercolor paper to start my background. This is another piece I started just today where I decided to use a rubber stamp before applying the tea bags for added interest. I love the color and texture the tea bags create. After the background was dry, I started to sketch out my design. The dragonfly is a rubber stamp. Finally, a little simple hand stitching on linen for added texture. The light was so beautiful and inviting on my desk today. Oh, and don't you just love my new pencil box I got at the second-hand store for 97 cents?
"Art" is probably not the first word that comes to mind for most people when it rains. If you have ever seen a Rain Chain then maybe you'll understand why I think of it this way. copper, metal, patina, design, texture, beauty... peaceful, mesmerizing... If you've read my blog for some time, you might remember, this "desert girl" is fascinated with rain chains. :-) I'm still traveling...Seattle...it's raining... I'm sharing my Rain Chain Art this week at Lisa Gordon's Creative Exchange I have been reading and enjoying your comments. When I'm back home, I will have more time to visit and get caught up with you. Hope your week is off to a great start! Becca
As summer approaches and the sunshine is plentiful here in the desert southwest, I drink a lot of this... Making sun tea here only takes a short time. I've been using 6 regular size tea bags for the above container. (I like a pretty strong flavor) You can add sugar or not, I enjoy it with a little mint leaves & lemon and sometimes an added sweetener. I started having so many tea bags and I've seen my friend Kimmie create art with them, so I thought I'd give it a try! I just let the bags completely dry, remove the tag & staple then open them up carefully and empty the tea. Open the bags at the seam line and this is what you have, beautifully tea stained papers for collage, sewing, etc. Here, I used old dictionary book paper to create my flower design on water color paper. I painted the flowers with watercolors. Collaged torn tea bags onto the background, then stitched around each flower for dimension. This book mark I made using water