Painting With Tea

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The other day I noticed a paper napkin with drops of tea on it. As I was sitting and contemplating what tea to steep that day, it suddenly occurred to me! How about using tea as paint? It would be a unique way for Kat to express herself with her favorite beverage.

 Wouldn’t it be fun to try and paint with tea? Imagine a quiet weekend morning with a blank canvas and a rush of creativity. Add a few drops of tea, and you’re ready to paint your masterpiece! I think this is such a fun idea for any tea lover to relax and express themselves.

 To get started you need to pick your tea. Teas with hibiscus or berries in them give you some lovely hues. You can also use black tea, or green tea for a very light color. Take out a few teas from your cabinet and experiment with what you like best! You could even use matcha, if you can bear to part with some. Just make sure it’s well dissolved. Experiment with the type of paper you use. Watercolor paper is lovely, but try first with whatever paper you have on hand an see how it goes. Try not to use anything too thick or absorbent.

 You can use as many teas as you like of course, but you could even just use one! You can get many different shades of ‘paint’ out of just one tea. Just brew it super strong and then dilute in different cups to get various shades of ‘paint’. Adding a little more water to each consecutive cup will give you a different shade of tea. I love the look of just black tea diluted to different shades. It has a very rustic, vintage-y feel. There are so many color options to create, Kat and I can play around with creating tea paints all day long and not get bored!

 Another approach is to paint with tea bags for interesting shapes and colors! This is a great activity for kids. Kat’s going to try it next time Camille comes to visit, for sure! You can just dip the tea bags in cool water, and blot them on paper. Similar to making a sponge painting! I can’t wait to see what Camille decides to create.

 On the next rainy spring weekend, stay inside and give tea painting a try. You’ll end up having a creative and fun afternoon.

 

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DIY: Tea Bags and Tea Tags

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Dearies if you’re looking for a fun tea craft this weekend, how about creating your own tea bags with personalized tags? It would be perfect for your next tea party! Who wouldn’t love tea bags made just for them? It’ll give your tea table a cheerful, intimate feel.

For the tags, you can create your own designs; add your friends’ names, the type of tea, anything you’d like on them. With any paper you’d like, you can create all shapes and sizes. Kat likes to create heart shaped tags for Valentine’s Day, stars for July 4th, flowers for Mother’s day…you name it. The options are endless!

The simplest way to create tea tags is to staple your personalized labels over existing teabag labels. If the existing bag label is too big, you can always fold it over to fit the new one over it. But to really get creative, you can create your own tea bags with those tags! There are lots of tutorials online and be sure to visit my pinterest page for printouts and lots of ideas. You could create teabags with your own tea blends as well. You can even make large bags with your tea potpourri blends as housewarming gifts! If you missed my potpourri blend post, check it out here.

Personalized tea bags are fun for tea parties, hostess gifts, and even Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner. I also love leaving them for overnight guests to use for their morning cups of tea. It takes a little extra time, but it shows how much you care. So the next time you’re looking for a tea-related craft project, think about making your own tea bags! Kat always keeps this idea in her craft arsenal when she’s feeling like having a bit of DIY fun.

Have you dabbled in making your own tea bags and tea tags? I’d love to see pictures of what you’ve done!