Bubble tea

Well I just mentioned in my friday post that I have the flu. It slows me down and I really hate it, actually because it is the type of a sickness that no matter if you go to the doctor or take medications it takes 10 days and if you keep it pure granny’s best treatments it takes 10 days. So I am not even in the middle, as it is weekend I can count only on my common sense so let’s call it tea days. I touched the citrus side, now I go for the hot beverage. Please give a warm welcome to Bubble tea spread:

Of course the main images are tea bags. But first I was beginning with a simple scrap and ephemera collage, you know what ever I found in my drawer.

Oh there is even a piece of canvas there that ones sucking some amount of spray ink. Yes, that’s the way it goes. And then I used light sienna pencil to drop some shadows. I connected my collage pieces with stamping (texture stamp from Prima inc. and archival ink). Finally I used Finnabair’s stencil to add some bubbles with iridescent medium.

My tea bags, now comes the confessions, these tea bags weren’t hanging out in my cup of tea, or better to say hanging in, no. If it is tea time, why not to make real tea stain spray, yes you read it good. My feverish crazy mind was hanging earl grey black into a measuring cup, no sugar, no lemon, just tea and boiled water. When it cooled I poured it into a misting bottle and no mercy: I sprayed! The iridescent medium was dropping the tea stain down and the paper sucked it up. Loved the effect. I guess I need to think about other cooking ingredients to use in art. Tea works (texture and colouring), cinnamon works (rusting) so what’s next?

I am sharing my spread with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mou’s february challenge: favourite beverage.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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16 Responses to Bubble tea

  1. Lisette says:

    What an amazing effect – love your experimental food and art fusion. When I was little we used to write secret messages with lemon juice (using the old fashioned dipping nib). To reveal the message you ironed the paper. I know the message would reveal itself but I can’t remember if it turned brown or stayed white!!!

  2. windinn says:

    You’re getting over your flu in the best way possible- arting! 😀

  3. zksmith says:

    Interesting idea to put tea into a mister bottle. You’ve created a great effect with that bubble stencil. Love this page!

  4. Kay Wallace says:

    Hope you feel better before Day 10, Ruth!! Your art is not suffering, I do note! Great use of that bubble stencil. Fantastic work, my friend!

  5. kampysgirl says:

    Do tell…what is next? Ketchup in a spraybottle? teehee- I think it would be too sticky!!
    Love your bubble tea hee hee!xo

  6. Tracy says:

    Love this experiment, Ruth! Especially the bubbles, of course 🙂 If you’re looking for other foods to use, I’ve tried beetroot juice and skin before…
    Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  7. Joy Bayus says:

    Ruth, I love your creations. I learn a lot. I’ve been curious about how you create “rusted” pieces to use in your designs. You mentioned in Bubble Tea using cinnamon to rust things. Can you share how you do that? Thanks in advance! (I love the use of tea as a spray!). Joy

    Sent from my iPad


  8. Vicky says:

    Hello Ruth, I am again in fascination of your starting collage. Great idea to make a tea mist, one note though you won’t be able to keep it, after a day or 2 it will deteriorate. And I have a suggestion, I think kurkuma will make a lovely yellow stain.

    • lerusho says:

      Vicky, tea I am not keeping at all, I am using what I am using and pouring it out, well it take 1 minute to make and another 10 to cool, so not a big deal. The kurkuma is a great idea as well, thanks 🙂

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