Combine to Create

July 31, 2015


At the Forest Preserve where I volunteer (this is my 21st year) there is a farm where every April there are lambs born.  Sometimes the ewes reject the babes and the staff have to take care of feeding it. 
I used my Walnut ink and a dip pen to sketch this little vignette onto a tea bag.

For the background, the bottom left is from my Gelli stash.  The other two are experiments that I had to try:  using the side of a peach Crayola crayon, I did rubbings of stencils.  The wax served as a resist after the surface was sprayed.  I like the soft result, especially the grey, top left.  That grey is actually black spray that was sprayed with water and dabbed dry!  Never underestimate a good grey, I always say.  I love it.

A word about sketching and decorating tea bags:  One of the wonderful assets of tea bags is that they are semi-transparent.  A design you have drawn, or any design you may like may be traced thru the bag.   
Of course I have used rubber stamps with solvent ink on a tea bag with beautiful results.  Bring your favorite art methods and join me when I teach this class in 2016.  Here's a link to get the facts:
Art and Soul Retreat

July 20, 2015

More Tea Bag Art - yay!

'Love Lies Waiting'
Above is another sample of tea bag art in my journal.  The tea bag was on my table and accidentally got sprayed with pink spray from another project. No problem.  I just played with those colors for the background that was sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Fabio mists.  The 5 squares are stamped with my Walnut Ink. 
Originally I punched a heart circle into the tea bag intending to just use the heart.  Instead I left it intact and adhered a sunny yellow background behind it.  I had the 'window' in my stash.
I am teaching a class at Art & Soul in Minneapolis next May in which we will utilize used tea bags in an art journal.  Save up those tea bags and join us in May.  Here's a link:

July 17, 2015

Tea Bag Art

  In the class I am teaching for Art & Soul next May, we will be creating an art journal using tea bags.  I will post a few samples I have made recently, and introduce a few fun ways to add them to your art.
In the sample above, the empty used tea bag was opened up flat and adhered to a manila folder section for stability.  I used a die cut to create half of a wreath.
The background is a colorwash with large walnut ink circles.  I punched the holes on the left and as the circles fell on my table, I was smitten with the shades produced in the wash.  Well, as you can see I made more and they found a place front and center.
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July 10, 2015

Art & Soul 2016

Minneapolis, MN
May 23-29, 2016

Registration Begins August 15, 2015
All Classes will be held at:

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites

MSP Airport - Mall of America

This class is 'Personal Elements & Monogram Assemblage'
-scheduled for May 28

 The title is long but the class starts at 9 am to and ends at noon.  Here is a link to more info:


July 4, 2015

A new chapter is beginning for me.  
  I am happy to report I will be TEACHING at Art & Soul, Minneapolis in 2016.  
One of the classes I am teaching is Iris Photo Folding; Tea Bag Art Journal.  The image above and left are the 'photo folding' part that will make up the cover. 

The inside pages will comprise of Tea bag art that may be interpreted any way the artist wants.  Feel free to use any media you are comfortable with: watercolor, sketching, rubber stamping, text, etc.  No rules here. Plain or busy, abstract or figural - anything goes.

October 3, 2014

Sewing time...Lagenlook

There are few styles that I identify myself with (especially when using the word 'style' - yuck).  I know what I like when I see it.  This time is no different from any other when I find something I like:  I make my own.  Things just mean more to me when hand wrought.
My 'style' that I'm referring to is Lagenlook.  Pure comfort with a little bit Hippy thrown in, with a nod to simpler days gone by.
 The jacket in the first picture is an upcycled button down cotton shirt.  The front piece was the lower back part of the shirt.  I sewed on a bit of vintage lace to that front panel.  The one just above is made from 100% cotton Gauze that was actually a table cloth I had.
They are not 100% Linen, which is the creme d 'la creme of Lagenlook fabric.  Thought I'd practice a bit first.

These were my first two efforts in Lagenlook.  I have since made a few more that I will post as I photograph them.  Thanks for reading.  Anni

September 15, 2014

A few more pendants

Beaded leaves.  This item is still a work in progress.
This is a 3-D triangle, or a pyramid maybe.  Less than 1 inch total.
A Sea Urchin with a pearl.
Another Sea Urchin.  These were also inspired by Marcia De Coster

September 10, 2014

A little cluster

 This is a pendant I made that I wear quite often.  It's a few tiny leaves clustered together, held by a green crystal.  Some have said it looks like a bee or fly.  The whole cluster is just smaller than 1/2 inch.

September 8, 2014

A few more creations

This beaded bead can be a key chain or dangle as a pendant.
The bead in the background is a large, barrel shaped monstrosity that I won't wear anytime soon.  I just needed to experiment.

Two more beaded beads for key chains or pendants.  The peyote stitch is such a tidy finished product.  I used bead caps on the ends.

September 6, 2014

Help! I can't stop beading

A bit darker, more on the 'gold' side.  Both of these are woven with Herringbone, aka Ndebele from the Native Americans of the same name.  
Below are the same bracelets but the right one is reversed.  Very versatile.