Happy Earth Day! Whilst racking my brains for recycled crafts (which we love), it occurred to me that I was due to use up my various tea bags I had been saving for a few days - you know, for no particular reason!! So here's a great way to "mark" the occasion- painting with used tea bags!
Here are the teas I used:
I placed each bag in a bowl and added some fresh boiling water - not too much as I wanted the colour to be as concentrated as possible.
Using watercolour paper, I made a colour chart as I knew from past experience that the teas looked a little different when dried - for example, the Mango & Strawberry starts off a pale pinky red, but dries a greeny blue.
I traced a sketch of the Map of the World (Earth Day!!) and painted it:
And then got carried away - this is a copy of part of a painting we got in South Africa:
And this is Mally's take on Earth Day - with the Sun and other planets thrown in:
Remember to use permanent ink pens, which are waterproof. You could also stamp images using permanent ink. So many possibilities, so eco-friendly, and so much fun!!!