Tea & Paper

Tea and paper are two of my favourite things, so why not combine them?

I have been a proper blogger and am going to show you some step-by-step photos of what I did to create some lovely tea-dyed papers.

Choose your paper (I used one sheet of acrylic paper & one sheet of heavy drawing paper). Brew some strong tea (I used six teabags to a pint of hot water) and gather some random leaves & grass from the garden. Grab yourself a large baking tray (one with a lip, if you don’t want to spill tea all over the place). Lay paper in the bottom of the tray with leaves & whatnot on top. Like this:

before tea

Now, pour your tea over the papers, like this:

before baking

Now you bake it in the oven. I did mine at 120 degrees celsius (that’s 250F to my non-metric friends) for about 10 minutes. It came out the oven looking like this:

after baking

Look at the lovely rich colour! Yum. Next, rinse the excess tea & leaves & grass off your lovely paper and peg it out on the line to dry (hanging your smalls on the line behind is optional ;-))

hanging out to dry

Once the paper has dried, do with it what you please. I stamped a little emergency reminder to myself on a piece of mine:

stay put sit down make tea

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25 thoughts on “Tea & Paper

  1. ooh cool effects! I’ve done this before but without the baking part – I guess this speeds it all up. TFS 🙂

  2. Janet says:

    LOVE the results! Now where did I put those tea bags??

  3. That would be awesome on a map! Such a cool effect. My mom dyed her wedding dress with tea leaves to get it all antique-y looking back in the 70s!

  4. Allie says:

    what a neat idea and effect! And by the way, I LOVE your drawing in the last post, you are amazing!

  5. I would have never thought of the baking! This is fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  6. NatashaMay says:

    That’s an awesome technique! Thanks for sharing the process. Love it!

  7. Mari Carmen says:

    What a great idea! Thank you very much!

  8. Mary Walker says:

    This was really cool I never would have thought to put paper in the oven, thanks for sharing with SMWYG!

  9. What fun and what great results!

  10. Harry Bell says:

    This reminds me of Maxine Masterfield’s “solar painting” technique where she uses watercolour, dyes and acrylic paints in a tray left out in the sun to dry. I’ve never tried it because, as you know, we never have sun in England. But we do have ovens! Thanks.

  11. Andria says:

    Thanks for sharing, Viv! I had never heard of baking it, either, and I like the benefit of faster drying AND richer color…can’t beat that!

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