Friday, February 5, 2010

Favorite collage material

Used tea bags!!! I love the variation of colors decided by the type of tea. Those with the pink stains are from Pomegranate Rasberry green tea. They are a new favorite, although the tea is a little sweet for my taste... I'm drinking it anyway for the bags! I've had a bowl accumulating bags as they were drying out and finally, tonight, stood and cut them all open and dumped the leaves out leaving me wonderful collage materials! If you have never used these, you MUST try them in your mixed media work!

6 comments:

Joanne Huffman said...

I would be tempted to sew them as they are there - love the colors and the texture of them.

Susan said...

Hi!
Thanks for the comment on my blog about my solo exhibition. You asked what kind of pen I used to write the epitaphs on the chiffon banners. I didn't use a pen. Every word was free motion "written" in free motion embroidery using an adhesive coated, water soluble stablizer....then rinsed/agitated in warm water to wash away the stablizer....leaving the words on the chiffon. The real trick was to learn how to "start" and "stop" stitching....so as not to allow the thread to unravel but still be able to snip away the excess between the words. The first few went slowly but I eventually got really fast at "writing" with my sewing machine!
Thanks!
Susan

yvonne said...

Oh yes, I love using tea bags. I just went to The Art in Fiber gallery exhibit in Round Top and one of the artists had used a tea bag in one of her pieces. I never would have known if she had not told me. Very creative.

Pam Hoffman said...

Oh, I HOPE you add something you do with these to your blog!

I'm not sure how I would use them in a collage myself...

Looking forward to seeing more!

Thanks,

Pam Hoffman
http://mycre8tivelife.blogspot.com/
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Kim said...

Angie what a great blog you have! Thanks for dropping by mine, and yes my son enjoyed Okinawa, or some of it, and didn't other bits. It is like that always I guess. Tea bags are a great source of both color and texture... but with our snow and wind, today seems more of a knitting day!

ShabbyChicShaz said...

They do look interesting, as a avid tea drinker I should have a bunch of dried bags in next to no time. Thanks for the tip :)