Thursday, June 23, 2011

Having Fun with Tea and Pojagi


This week as I continue to play with and explore pojagi, I turn to the humble tea bag, which only makes sense as we drink a lot of tea in this house! By letting the tea bag dry, then opening it up and removing the leaves, you are left with a delicate tea stained piece of paper that can be stitched or collaged. (If this concept is new to you, just google "tea bag art" to see some great images.)


Because the stitched paper is very delicate and prone to an easy and unwanted rip, I applied a thin coat of beeswax to the piece after it was stitched. The beeswax coating gives it some more durability, while also increasing it's transparency and color.


To make it easy to hang I sewed on little tabs from strips of folded tea bag paper and inserted a thin piece of bamboo. (And isn't that stain on the upper left corner pretty?!)

15 comments:

nicolette said...

This looks amazingly beautiful Victoria! WoW! From now on I will drink tea with your Pojagi in mind!

Brenda said...

very fun! I've always felt guilty when I throw away tea bags that are made from silk. I don't buy them, but occasionally I get them when I'm at Starbucks. Have you tried using those?

Barbara said...

absolutely stunning !

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

My word. Is there anything you do that won't absolutely amaze me? Tea bags? Get out!

Vivika said...

so very pretty...

QuiltSwissy said...

oh, my! I have several tea bags from some tea my brother gave me a couple years ago. The bags were a tulle type fabric. I just couldn't toss them out! Now know why!

glen

Why Not Sew? said...

Oh, that does look like fun! We have lots of tea bags too and I have beeswax. I think the kids would love this! That's a great stain:)

Cheryl Arkison said...

It shows my immaturity that I giggled when you suggested I google "tea bad art". Apparently there is a teenage boy hiding inside me!

Diane J. Evans said...

Too cool! Your mind works in the most unbelievably creative ways -- who knew tea bags could be so lovely? Especially USED ones??!!

Diane

Corinnea said...

That is very cool!!! I drink tons of tea... I might be able to make something huge! Ha ha.
Kidding aside, it is lovely and a fairly amazing way of recycling!

Allie said...

Oh my gosh you are the Pojagi QUEEN! This is gorgeous!

verobirdie said...

WOW, aren't you clever. Love the result

Fer said...

Wow, that's wonderful!

lamaga said...

Felicitaciones me gusta mucho tus trabajos, Liliana desde Las Palmas

Samewish_sandwich said...

I love pojagi and your artwork~~ I start to make pojagi style handmade~~:)