So, and this is my challenge to becoming a tea bag artist. Have you found a particular brand of tea you like best and how do you farm them dry and open them up properly?
well, from one teabag artist to another, I've used all kinds of teabags. Husb bought a package of ice tea bags (large size) in DEcaffinated--really, what's the point! so I brewed them all at once, soaked some fabric in the tea, and let the bags dry, and just carefully took them apart. some of my students just pour out tea, after it's brewed and dry and use the bag in two layers...
These are wonderful. I keep forgetting to keep my tea bags. Shame on me.
Hi Jane,I have been saving tea bags too but have yet to use them. I love Rooibus(red bush)tea and the bags are round! Did you use gel medium to put them on fabric or paper? Will this be something we will learn in class in Jan.? Can we do watercolor journaling on them?
Beautiful work as usual!!!
I read somewhere that teabags are made from abaca fiber like the abaca tissue marketed, I think, asTissuetex, outside the US. I don't think we have anything similar mfg'd here, so I don't know of domestic source. It's supposed to be great for painting (Great work, Jane!), dyeing and stitching. If you come across a resource at National or hear about one from your fiber friends I hope you'll share it. I really don't fancy taking teabags apart -- although, Jane, your idea for tea dyeing in addition makes the effort probably worth it.
Huh, I had a bowl, like Judy does. But the bags got...moldy. I tried the windpwsill, thinking the sun would dry them faster but the paper gets super brittle in the sun. I will report back as I proceed. I haven't bought a big box of tea yet, have been collecting as I drink. See you in Houston
It's looking pretty cool jane!
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