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August 30, 2015

Tea bag cathedral window

 I just received Spellbinders Cathedral Windows Set 1 dies.  It's embarrassing how many windows and doors I've made with these.  This is an example of two, the little window in the door is the smallest size die.  I taped a snippet of tea bag behind the window with a tiny heart.
For the background, I used Stencil Girl's cathedral windows and spread Golden light molding paste to create the bricks and surrounding stones.  When that dried, I sprayed over it with two colors.  I like that the molding paste resists the paint making it look distressed.
~An homage to Joanna Pierotti~
I have been playing with painting roses.  These were done free hand using red and white together on a small brush.  The blue flowers are done with a Copic pen.

The world lost an amazing artist when Joanna passed away not long into 2015.  Joanna fought bravely for years with cancer.  She drew these wee pink roses on her dolls' foreheads.  Here is a link to an example of one of Joanna's adorable creations:

August 24, 2015

Nocturnes ~ Tea Bag Art

Art and Soul registration is open for classes in Minneapolis, 2016.  As mentioned, I will be teaching a class that features tea bags as part of our compositions inside an art journal. 
This is another of my tea bag art journal pages.  This time I left the tea bag partially intact and slid a tag inside.  
 The design under the tea bag is from a new stamp set I got, designed by Finnabair for Prima.  I like her edgy style.  The grungy background is molding paste applied with a palette knife than layered with paint.
I got mine from Frantic Stamper

August 18, 2015


On this tea bag, I embossed an airy shrub rubber stamp in Sea Foam embossing powder by Ranger.  It's my favorite shade because it's a soft white.  After embossing I sent the tea bag through a Xyron.  It worked beautifully.

Nothing fussy here, just layered papers with a soft, simple look.

August 12, 2015

Rabbit Tea House

I've got family members saving their tea bags from their iced tea makings.  Love it.
The sample above is using mostly scraps I've had from other projects.The rabbit was a last minute addition to this when I found it in my stash already fussy-cut and ready to go.  He balances the structure well I think. 

Mark making.  On the die-cut circle and below the rabbit I sketched some markings.  I will post more about 'making our marks' very soon, as that will be a feature of the class I will be holding in 2016 for Art & Soul.

August 5, 2015

More Tea Bag Samples

Sketched on art paper.  Mounted on layered tea bags.
These sketchings depict rural vintage life when work was done with hands and heart.
  I used a dip pen and my homemade Walnut Ink over pencil.  The pencil is then completely erasable.

Use this link to catch up on what Art & Soul has in store for 2016 art retreats:

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.
To find out more about my classes use this link:


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.