tea stained paper

after long hours of painting in the studio, it’s only normal for me to go home, relax, examine how much my belly has grown (i’m pregnant for those who are concerned with that statement), and make delicious dinner with my awesome husband, right? well, i must’ve had a lot of energy this certain day because instead of doing the normal routine, i decided to create. i love working on my even me project, but it’s nice to dapple in other forms of art such as pastels or pen and ink. of course, my subject matter usually stays consistent with portraiture.

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on this night, i tried something i hadn’t before, and loved the end result. i stained heavy paper with tea leaves. filling up the bathtub with boiling water and tea leaves, i made sure to stay quiet so my husband didn’t think i was experimenting with some new age birthing practice. the paper soaked up the discolored water for about 10 minutes. instead of bleach white paper, it now held a sepia tint that made it look more textured and antiquated.

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grabbing an old photo of my mom and dad, i sat down with my colorful pastels and began drawing. the colors popped on the stained paper, and the effect was just as i imagined: aged and vintage. i am continuing with this style for a series of portraits. i might try using only brown pastels or black and gray pastels for a few. i’ll keep you updated on the results! until then, enjoy creating!

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