A Cup of Tea for Your Art". Here's what she says about it:
Pour yourself an extra cup of tea (or coffee)
and use it in your project
In your cup you could dye lace, ribbon, wood, paper and flowers, or use it to create splashes or cup rings on your project. And don't just limit yourself to "ordinary tea" - there's green tea, yellow tea, black tea, herbal teas and fruit teas - whatever you've got in your cup!
I love the theme of this challenge, as an inveterate tea-drinker! So right away, I tea-dyed a stack of copy paper in some deep English Breakfast tea... and dried them in a low temperature oven.... got a bit of scorching on the end paper as you can see, lol!
But now, what to do with them? I mulled this for a long time, given that I died the papers on the first day the challenge was posted! And finally, after a fortnight, I decided to jump whole hog into the theme, and create a little tea bag book. This template comes from the wonderful Making Handmade Books, by Alisa Golden. Basically, one cuts and folds to create little tea bags - these are about three inches by four and a bit. And because of the tea dying process, there is a wonderful, albeit subtle, vintage feel to these modern paper tea bags.
I decided I could probably letter something decently, so came up with some short phrases. Then, in looking through my stamps, I came across some beautiful Penny Black and Hero Arts "Chops" stamps, quite in keeping with this strange fascination with all things Oriental I seem to have going on, lol! The stamps are in keeping with the more "handmade" look I wanted. I did not ink the English translation on the Hero Arts stamps (which are the larger brushstrokes) but that is how I knew what the chop conveyed. And the Penny Black stamp has the name in the title on the stamp. They are stamped with Vintage Photo Archival ink.
On the back pages, I lettered with a pointed pen and sepia ink:
The covers are made from eco-printed hyacinths and cherry blossoms from many years past in Connecticut. I am dipping my toe once again into this media, and came across these papers recently. As these were made by steeping and steaming plant materials in a "tea" of vinegar and water, they seemed to fit the theme, as does their coloration.
Here is the back of the book, which had some cherry blossoms and daffodils when made. As you can see by the intro photo, I made a little tea bag title tag out of another of these papers; this has a beautiful grape hyacinth print which you can just discern here:
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