If my calculations are correct (and I think they are)…then I have completed 70 painted tea bags as of today. Seventy painted tiny treasures in five weeks. Don’t ask me how… All I can say is that I feel like I did over 10 years ago, when I first learned what an ATC (Artist Trading Card) was…and I had to make a bazillion of them, because I thought they were so cool!
Part of the secret to my success…or obsession…is THIS…my make-shift “stay wet palette”. Now, I have wanted one of the Masterson ones for years, but have never bought it. So, I decided since I have been snatching moments to go into the art room to paint tiny tea bags, I should try not to waste paint. Here is my solution… a disposable pie plate, with cover, several wet napkins on the bottom, and deli sheets with paint on top. When I am done, then I cover the pie plate. And the paint remains wet for a few days.
I am still very much in love with the process of painting on tea bags…so much so, that I have been trying out different kinds. I prefer not steeping the tea bags with the tea leaves in them. They take longer to prep. The steeped and dried tea leaves are not easy to get out of the bags….and I just love the painting part of it. SO, I found that acrylic Burnt Umber Liquitex Ink does a great job in “faking” tea stain. And I can blow dry them in seconds, and start painting!
My favorite tea bag of choice (at the moment) doesn’t come with any tea in it at all…they are disposable tea bags, and thank you Amazon for delivering them in two days!🙂 Summit Tea Co.
Twins – one of my favorite tea bag portraits…ever.
Here is the process of painting it. With Burnt Umber acrylic ink, and then a coat of clear gesso over the top of that…it makes a wonderful surface to paint on. The dimensions of this tea bag is 3 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches… So…that’s way larger than a typical tea bag. Which enabled me to paint multiple people on one bag.
Three Sisters – Yep, I can fit 3 on one bag! Trying for some looseness in these portraits. I put down these brush strokes and didn’t mess with them much after that.
These two are the Celestial Seasonings Vanilla Rooibos tea bags…steeped and oven dried, makes them a bit crispy to work on. They do wrinkle a bit.
The Summit Tea Co bags are more fabric like in their feel, and a real pleasure to work on…not too many wrinkles to navigate.
This is one of the five tea bags that has already sold. That makes me soooo happy that other people love my tea bag portraits too!!!
Love the swatches of color on her face! I am pretending to be Matisse!
I was smitten with this one right away… Antonia… And surprisingly the afterthought of a Fleur de Lis emblem was easy enough to paint. Someone in my tea bag portrait class bought this one.
You can never get too tired of Rococo pink wigs, can you???
And dots for hair!
In the last week, I have added a BUNCH of tea bag portraits to my Etsy shop. Take a look.
While not officially a tea bag…I decided to paint even smaller…a tiny cardboard jewelry box. Only 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches…one of the smallest portraits I’ve ever done!
I am just a little bit in love with this one…ok, more than a little bit. My teacher in this class, has dared me to paint a portrait on a postage stamp!!! Now, THAT is tiny!!! I am looking for a largish vintage stamp to paint on…IF I attempt it. You know me, always up for a challenge!!!
One of the assignments from the Tiny Bags of Love class, was to make a tea bag journal. And since I am not fond of sewing, I made a no-sew accordion style tea bag book.
Unpainted tea bags, prepped with gesso, and then drawn on with a Micron pen.
It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a paper cutter, glue stick and tape!
I am still doing my scribble portraits every night before bed. Sometimes it is just with a pen, and other times I add colored pencil.
And I am still playing with my Prisma App! It completely changes the look of these drawings.