So, 2 1/2 weeks ago, the Tiny Bags of Love class started. In my last post, (the portraits above) you could tell I was a bit enthusiastic about the class and the techniques of painting on these tiny “canvases”…. Well, 36 tea bags later (not counting the few coffee filter portraits I did), I am, what I have been called by a fellow classmate, “Beautifully obsessed”.
In the last couple weeks, I have been pretty unstoppable. I work on these in batches. Some are easy, and some take more than a day, or two, to finish. Painting tiny can have it’s challenges!
Here is the gallery of goodies for you…
One of my very favorites, of course… I call it, Tea With Vincent.
A bit of a self portrait…with the man of my dreams (and my reality)
Frida inspired…. Digging those thick eyebrows. And a little white gel pen to add words.
I love the unfinished look of this portrait…aiming for looseness, a bit of abstraction.
The round tea bags are Tetley brand, from England. They make such a fun surface to work on.
These next two, are an experiment with gouache.
And this one above, is an experiment with black ink, white gesso, and a little watercolor added.
I am proud of myself for trying HANDS! Or shall I say…TINY hands!
These tea bags are actually disposable empty tea bags, for you to put your loose tea in…which is why there is a draw string on top. I didn’t even know such things existed, until I saw someone using them in class...so I ordered some from Amazon…because of course, Amazon has everything you need (or didn’t realize you needed), and you can have it in two days!🙂 This portrait above was almost a lost cause…and I almost thought of ripping it up and starting over. But the teacher encouraged us to keep trying, and save the ones that were giving us a hard time. There are SO many layers here, the portrait is almost 3D!
I love how this class is pulling me out of my rut of too much detail…I mean look at some of these loose portraits, and the blobs of color here. It is stretching me to new ways of working…and I like it!
This one reminds me of a Matisse painting.
Two faces on one tea bag…is a challenge!
A Parisian beauty….loving that red hair!
The tape I used to hold the tea bag in place while painting, didn’t want to come off the tea bag, so I have a tear..,..but I love it anyway. This portrait…this face, and all the layers…(swoon…one of my favorites!)
These tea bags are so nice to paint on….larger than the round ones, and once they are given a coat of gesso, they really take the paint well.
These are the last three I’ve finished working on…yesterday. The background here, is a piece of cardboard, that I once used as a palette.
This tiny portrait of “Fashionable Sisters”, took probably the longest to work on than any of these…but I stuck with it, and finally ended up with a tiny painting I love.
And this last one???? Well, she is probably the quirkiest of all the faces I’ve done on these bags. There was something about that yellow blob of paint on her forehead…instead of making it more realistic, I went with it, and added MORE yellow to the portrait, and once I tidied up her crazy little hairstyle…I called her finished!
I have more tea bags prepped and ready to go…. Guess what I will be doing tomorrow????