February 1, 2021

Make a 3D item using old used teabags.

Ideas to help you on your way with this challenge are: – book, envelope, bag, lampshade, hat, pocket, folder, pot, purse, box, glasses case, pencil case, book cover, cushion, 3D piece of art.
How to prepare teabags : – when you have used your teabag give it a squeeze and leave it in a try or on a plate over night in a warm place.
The following day or two carefully split open the teabag and tip out the tea. Gently brush any remaining tea off the bag.
Leave to completely dry.
Painting, drawing or dying your teabags : – once your teabags are dry you will be able to see some sort of pattern or design on most bags. (Silk teabags will only hold a faint colour and will need to be painted or dyed at this stage).
You can use inks, acrylics, and most dyes on your teabags. Select your medium and ensure it is of an ink consistency for easier use.
When drawing onto your teabags use only gently pressure so as not to rip the bags or add any further holes.
Once coloured leave to dry on a flat surface.
Stitching the teabags: – Stitching into a teabag can be very satisfying. You can hand or machine stitch into them. If you want to stitch across several attach them onto bondaweb or other bonding background first. Remember to take the paper backing off once bonded and before stitching.
Once embellished and ready bond onto your backing fabric and coat with Acrylic wax or other medium to help protect the surface.
Now your ready to make your finished item.
Card making: – Teabags that have been painted or embellished can be used for making fabulous cards. You can either glue them to the background or use double sided tape.
Art projects: – you can use teabags for most art projects they take paint very well and can be drawn onto using a variety of pens and pencils. As most artists have their preferred brands give them a try and see if your happy with the results. Teabags can be layered like tissue paper and the results can be quite dramatic or very subtle.

This challenge starts on Monday 1st of February and ends on Sunday 28th of February.
Please register your interest in participating by emailing Anita on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk. You will be added to the mailing list through mail chimp. They will ask you to confirm your wanting to be on the list. Once confirmed you will receive the information for the challenges before, they are posted on any social media.
With the completion of each challenge send your photographs to Anita via email with a short description and it will be added to the website and posted on the social media sites for Eau Brink Studio as part of a collage.
There is no joining fee, you do not have to enter all the challenges just the ones that appeal to you.
There will be short videos on the YouTube channel in case you feel you need to see what Anita is talking about.
There will be packs available on the Eau Brink Studio shop to help you with the challenges if you do not have items you need.
Most of the items in the challenges will be recycled or repurposed so saving money.

January 30, 2021

Are you ready ?

All you need is a few tea bags and a little bit of your own flair.

Make a cup or pot of tea using tea bags. Squash and squeeze them and leave them to dry.

Once dry open them up and draw, paint to dye them.

You can add them to Bondaweb and use them to bond onto paper, card and fabric.

Make a 3d item.

It can be anything from a simple card to huge piece of art. And anything in between but must be a 3d item so make sure you art piece is either free standing or has 3d elements on it.

If you are unsure about how to start processing your teabags go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1YXPFmEmofkIlAY9z9n8vQ

At the time of sending this blog out there are two videos showing you how to prepare your tea bags and another to go on. Throughout the Month of February there will be more videos showing you how Anita is progressing with her piece.

If you have any problems or questions just email Anita or message on the Eau Brink Studio Facebook page.

There is no charge. So give it a go and see what you come up with.