Friday 9 September 2016

Anyone for Tea?

Once you have made your tea, empty and rinse your tea bag and art on them...Sounds crazy doesn't it. I have been saving tea bags for ages.. ok so that does make me sound crazy, but I have wanted to make some mini art for a long time..just never had the time. then a gorgeous lady called Lyn Tivenan started showing her tea bag art on FB and it reminded me that I had a bagful waiting to be used. 

If you search pinterest there are lots of examples of tea bag art. 

First I selected some tea bags of various shades and tried to die cut them, to my surprise it worked. These dies are all by Seth Apter. 

I started with a circle, added some gesso and created this little portrait with Derwent charcoal pencils. 

I then painted some of the other cuts with Bora Bora and South Pacific. 

I took some more tea bags and added a little paint to them. Chocolate Pudding, Toffee, Caramel, Nougat. I added it with just a finger as the teabags are very fragile. 

The letters were painted with Coral 

I added some stamping to the background bags with the French text stamp and archival ink. the FLY text was glued on and then outlined. 

I added a tiny little colour to the face using Derwent XL charcoal. 

It was fiddly trying to glue it all down as the teabag die cuts were very flimsy. 

Everything was mounted to a white card blank. I am very happy with how it turned out. 

Darcy x


  1. Oh blimey! You've started something now Darcy! Just been to Pinterest! Lol! Been collecting teabags for a while myself.
    Love your teabag art!
    Alison x

  2. Very cool Darcy. I have used tea bags in my art before...but never for die cutting. Great idea.

  3. Who would've thought tea bags could be used in such a way....I love what you have done....will have to start rinsing the bags out and try die cutting them myself!