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    Tea bag art swap, handdrawn/handpainted, due January 24th, 2019

    Swap Due Date – Thursday, January 24th, 2019
    Signup/withdraw Date – None; please just communicate
    Number of Tea Bags - 3 for 3
    Number of Participants – Unlimited
    Media – Hand drawn/hand painted
    Theme – Open

    Tea bags are fascinating, little pieces of canvas for art. For this swap, you will enjoy your tea and then complete three pieces of tea bag art with whatever theme you wish.

    Tea Bag Guidelines:
    1. Each tea bag should be dried and emptied of tea. You may wish to iron and gesso the tea bags, though this is not required.
    2. Tea bags should be individual-size, and can be round, square, or rectangular, depending upon your tea brand.
    3. Each piece of tea bag art must be original and unique.
    4. Please send in only work that you have put thought, time, and effort into. Make sure that you are swapping art you would be happy to receive.
    5. Each tea bag must be in an individual plastic sleeve (please no connecting photo album sleeves without also including individual sleeves).
    6. Please include a blank ATC background for each tea bag, labeled with the swap name, your username, your real name, date of creation, and your location.

    Mailing Guidelines:
    1. Please mail art/cards in a business sized envelope, spreading the art/cards over the space of the envelope.
    2. If you tape your art/cards onto a sturdy background when mailing, please use an easy-release tape such as painter’s tape or washi tape. I don’t want anyone’s beautiful artwork to be damaged by tape.
    3. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your returns.
    4. If you are mailing from the U.S., one Forever stamp should cover the cost of returns.
    5. If you are mailing internationally, please provide one of the following for your returns:
    a. One U.S. Forever stamp.
    b. One well-concealed $1 bill.
    c. $1 payment via PayPal.

    *When you are ready to mail your art, please just private message me for my address.
    *iTraders will be given when art is received by me.
    *Please note that art must be received by the due date. No tea bags and no communication will result in neutral iTrader. You may withdraw any time before the due date.
    *A host tea bag would be greatly appreciated and loved, but is not required.
    *Please make sure to leave an iTrader for your host (me) and You Rocks! for the artists that created your returns when you receive them.

    A bit of inspiration:
    1_Tea_Bag_Art.jpg

    Who would like to play?
    0. TSMarie
    1. CherylS - Received! You Rock!
    2. Rosa - Withdrew
    3. BluSkyHare - Received! You Rock!
    4. Atempleman
    5. Haagmm - Received! You Rock!
    6. Bishopsmate - Received! You Rock!
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    I've never done anything with tea bags. Aren't they really fabric-y and absorbent? Does gesso create a surface that accepts paint or ink better?

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    Iíll sign up.. what media did you use on your samples? I just finished a cuppa so Iíll let the bag dry out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haagmm View Post
    I've never done anything with tea bags. Aren't they really fabric-y and absorbent? Does gesso create a surface that accepts paint or ink better?

    I'm going to need to lurk for now.
    Hello Haagmm! Most tea bags are paper based, but there are some that are actually made from finely spun plastic. I would definitely avoid the plastic ones for this swap. You can usually tell them apart from the other because they feel silky. The regular tea bags, however, are absorbant and thin, which is why some folks prefer to put a layer of gesso, which does help create an undercoat to your hd/hp art. I used micron and Sakura gelly roll pens for mine, and I did not gesso, but someone on A4A told me that she loved to use gouache watercolors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CherylS View Post
    I’ll sign up.. what media did you use on your samples? I just finished a cuppa so I’ll let the bag dry out.
    Welcome, CherylS! I'm so glad you could join! I used micron and Sakura gelly roll without gesso for my initial bags, but as I mentioned in the above post, another A4A tea bag artist recommened gouache watercolors. I'm not sure if she used gesso under the gouache or not.
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    Question regarding the size of art... I've unfolded some bags and made them long. Would that be allowed?
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    HHC thatís really beautiful. watercolor? I might try gouache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HHC View Post
    Question regarding the size of art... I've unfolded some bags and made them long. Would that be allowed?
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    Hello HHC! That is beautiful! I have seen artists do that, but I think for this swap we should stick with regular tea bag size, since one requirement is that they need to fit within individual ATC sleeves. I'm afraid if some folks unfold the bags they will end up having to fold them back up to fit inside the sleeve, and that might damage the art.
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    Thanks CherylS, it is watercolor with gel and Pitt pen details.

    Thanks for the clarification, TSMarie. I'll lurk for now.

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    Welcome to the lurkers' couch, HHC! Hope you can join us!
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    I love to try new things, however, I must lurk for the time being.

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    I tried gouache and pigma pen. The gouache bleeds a little bit. I used a round teabag. The bag is porous so the bag stuck to my work surface. Iím not sure if I will use this one for the swap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi View Post
    I love to try new things, however, I must lurk for the time being.
    You can do it, Suzi! Hope you decide to join!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CherylS View Post
    I tried gouache and pigma pen. The gouache bleeds a little bit. I used a round teabag. The bag is porous so the bag stuck to my work surface. I’m not sure if I will use this one for the swap.
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    That is so lovely! I don't think the bleeding is bad! In fact, it looks kind of stylish! Maybe next time try wax paper under the tea bag to prevent sticking.
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    Lurking...I've been wanting to try this but want to see if I can do something first!

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    I too am lurking, but very interested! Do we cut the dried bag into one layer that is 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” and glue that onto a sturdier backing? It’s hard to tell from the samples, they look like the whole bag (not just one layer).
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    Mine is a whole bag. I slit the back to empty the tea.

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    Welcome to the lurkers' couch, zhouzhou and CiCiCreates! Fingers crossed that you'll both join us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CiCiCreates View Post
    I too am lurking, but very interested! Do we cut the dried bag into one layer that is 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” and glue that onto a sturdier backing? It’s hard to tell from the samples, they look like the whole bag (not just one layer).
    Yes, it is best to keep the whole bag. Since the bags are thin, the extra layers help. For mine, I slit the bottom of the bag with an exacto knife. Some of my bags actually had four layers: two in front that formed a pouch, two in back that formed a pouch, and a sewn layer in the middle that connected the two. Some folks prefer to not cut the bag, and instead remove the staple, if that is an option. I tried that once, but the only problem was that I realized the original staple is much smaller than a regular staple, and once it was open, I couldn't get the original staple back on and together. So, I prefer to slit them instead.
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    I was wondering too, do we actually fasten the bag to the ATC backing, or just place the backing in the sleeve with the teabag?

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