I empty used tea leaves and hang lovely little tea bags to dry on the back porch. Each brand uses different material, shapes & stitching. Some like silk with lush stitching. Others simple pressed papers. And each tea stains the paper a different color. I use them on my art journal pages and in my stitched collages just as I would paper or light fabric. I stitched these collages on 3x5" index card dividers.
Inside? COMFORTABLE WRITER, random fabrics
Inside? the rules, random fabrics
Inside? ARTS, random fabrics
Inside? DREAM. Tucked inside is a photograph of a painting I did on a wood board. The tea bag is painted so it has a blue tint. The last one was one of my index cards for the 2014 ICAD Challenge, the first in this series, technically, but you've likely already seen it. I'm keeping it with the others because the blog is also a form of documentation for me.
I love the imperfect tea stains.
The fact that they are torn at random. That they can house obscure(d) messages and found poetry. That they provide a veil to thoughts, words, patterns, colors. A bit of mystery and intrigue.