I love reusing tea bags in my artwork. Fortunately for me there seems to be no shortage of them at our house. I love the look, transparency, the feel and their durability. Sometimes the color of them can be a challenge. In my head I wanted these flowers to be a brighter pink, but many times with the tea bags you get a darker color. Of course it depends too on what kind of tea was in the bag. My morning Chai makes for a darker tea bag, while my afternoon green tea is usually very light colored.
When I want a truer color I choose the lightest tea bags as possible. These flowers were painted with watercolors and then I used acrylic paint and white ink for the stripes. Usually I paint them with a very watered down acrylic, like the brown circles in the painting. When you use acrylics though you loose a lot of the transparency.
Print available here.
My goal for this painting was to just play around a little bit with the
tea bags and especially with patterns. It started out feeling very
rigid and tight, but I feel like I got over that and I'm feeling happy with the results.