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Have you ever thought of printing a photo on a tea bag?

well, as odd as it may seem I have, and here’s why; tea bags are a light weight, strong paper with a lovely tea stained patina that gives them a vintage distressed look. Best of all, teabag paper is so thin, that when adhered to fabric, the tea bag blends right into the surface and has a ‘workable’ surface […]

Tea bags revisited

My life is a in a bit of chaos right now and I havent been able to work on anything art related for a couple weeks, so I’m reposting a couple of older blog posts about using tea bags and paper on fabric to make mixed media art quilts. Drawing on a tea bag. 1. After […]

Playing with tea bags and more

The paper on the top left with letters is a kimwipe, the one on the right is a large black tea bag for making iced tea. The white paper below is a tea bag from hibiscus tea, the bottom two dark tea bags I left the tea dry in the bag for several days before […]

The Artful Use of Tea Bags

This is my method for drawing on a tea bag. 1. After steeping your tea, set tea bag on the counter to dry and enjoy that fabulous warm cuppa tea with a dash of cream. 2. When tea bag is completely dry (not damp) carefully remove the staple, unfold top of bag and shake out […]

Tea for 23

At Festival on Wednesday I taught Tea & Ephemera, this is a fun class with momentary periods of creative frenzy. Here everyone is printing thermo-fax images on their fabric. This is followed by drawing on tea bags, collaging them along with a variety of other printed and textured papers onto fabric, painting and coloring the tea […]

A spot of tea in Diablo Valley

My next teaching trip came up fast on the heels of Folsom, and I drove to the the Bay area to Diablo Valley to teach Tea and Ephemera. This class is an introduction to a variety of mixed-media techniques that can all be applied to fabric, that initially grew out of my experimenting with drawing and […]

What a treat to teach at a place that felt so much like home

I recently taught acrylic inks to the Pacific Piecemakers guild in Gualala, CA. It was close to a 4 hour drive from Sacramento, through Napa, and Sonoma counties to the southern edge of Mendocino county (115 miles north of San Francisco). The actual mileage is not that far but the 48 mile drive along Highway 1 […]

My bags are packed and I’m almost ready to go…

I’m off to Australia for two weeks to teach 2 painting classes with Cecile Whatman of Unique Stitching and teach 3 workshops and demo techniques at The Creative Textile Show  2-4 May in Canberra. With Cecile, I’ll be teaching one of my favorite two day classes 10 Techniques with Acrylic Inks, 26-27 April. These are a few finished pieces I made from […]

Tea and Ephemera and Heavy Metal at Road to CA

Heavy metal play day

So what is ephemera? Well, here is the definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary EPHEMERA 1: something of no lasting significance  2: ephemera plural : paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles   Tea & Ephemera is a class that’s all about expanding ones view of […]

A Spot of Tea in Springfield, Missouri

I had a lovely time in Springfield with the Ozark Piecemakers at their annual guild show. My trip began with seeing a fabulous textile exhibit at the new Springfield Branson airport including the humorous work of Pam RuBert and beautiful organza work of Rosemary Claus-Gray, if you live in that part of the country I […]

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