Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prepping for the Summer Art Project

Drying teabags on fabric.

I spent some time in the kitchen today preparing for this summer's family art project.

Teabags waiting for the boiling water.
Black and green teabags soaking.
Why waste tea? The teabags are drying on cloth and more cloth is soaking in the tea.

Every summer, I put on my artistic thinking cap and come up with a project to share with my nieces and nephew and other family members.

In the past we've:
This summer, I was inspired by one of my Story Cloth students, Susan P. For one of her story cloths she printed designs on dried teabags. I even decided to write my upcoming Newsletter about Deconstructing Tea...using dried teabags, the little envelopes they come, the tags and string and even the boxes to create little pieces of tea art (Hope you'll sign up for Julie B Booth Surface Design News (if you haven't already) to find out more about it!)

Some of the teabag prints from the next issue of Julie B Booth Surface Design News.

My plan is for all of us to make little books using teabags for pages. We'll collect small leaves and other nature textures and print on the teabags. The covers will be made from softened and painted brown paper. As usual, I'm already getting excited to see what my nieces and nephew do. They always surprise and amaze me!


  1. What a wonderful set of activities for your family. Mine are as yet too young for your suggestions, but I have a few of my own up my sleeve for wet days in France (it does unfortunately happen ...!). I will remember teabags though ... quite a thought that even for a 4 year old.

    1. I have the greatest fun coming up with projects for them! The younger ones (boy and girl) are 7-year-old twins and the oldest is almost 13. Fortunately, they all enjoy art and craft projects. Have fun in France!

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    1. I'm having lots of fun! The newsletter will be out on Sunday so you can have fun too!