Thursday, June 23, 2011
Having Fun with Tea and Pojagi
This week as I continue to play with and explore pojagi, I turn to the humble tea bag, which only makes sense as we drink a lot of tea in this house! By letting the tea bag dry, then opening it up and removing the leaves, you are left with a delicate tea stained piece of paper that can be stitched or collaged. (If this concept is new to you, just google "tea bag art" to see some great images.)
Because the stitched paper is very delicate and prone to an easy and unwanted rip, I applied a thin coat of beeswax to the piece after it was stitched. The beeswax coating gives it some more durability, while also increasing it's transparency and color.
To make it easy to hang I sewed on little tabs from strips of folded tea bag paper and inserted a thin piece of bamboo. (And isn't that stain on the upper left corner pretty?!)