My son ripped open a packet of Wild Berry Zinger herbal tea a few days ago... still not sure if he was trying to make tea or just trying to make a mess... In an attempt to clean up, he dumped some of the dry mixture in the kitchen sink.
Later, when I discovered my tie-dyed sink, I thought
~ that is really pretty ~ then washed the colors away.
This morning as I stood at the sink doing dishes, I thought ~ why not try recreating my colorful sink on paper? Actually, I'm surprised I didn't think of it sooner. Like... all the other times I've noticed my sink
or counter top stained with tea.
1. thick paper, like cardstock
2. 2 packets of Celestial Seasonings herbal tea (Wild Berry Zinger & Country Peach Passion)
3. a spray bottle of water
First I sprayed the paper somewhat evenly with water. I opened the packets and sprinkled the berry tea contents on the top half of the paper ~ peach tea on the other half. I then lightly sprayed a few more times to make sure everything was wet.
The longer it stood, the more the ingredients in the herbal tea 'bled' on the paper. I admit I like to see a result quickly, so I turned the oven on to 'broil' on high and placed the paper on the MIDDLE rack to dry for a few minutes (with the oven door cracked open so I could see inside).
After the paper was dry, I brushed most of the dried bits off (they wouldn't all come off, and I liked the look anyway). My finished paper is at the top.
Once I got the process down, I asked my daughter to come in a make her own creation, which she was excited about... "I get to spray the water?" She had fun making her own patterns and spraying the water (of course). Here's how hers turned out...
When I look at these I see autumn leaves, but maybe you see something else. I love how you can't really 'mess up' and the result is always something beautiful. I don't say this often, but... I'm glad my son made that mess in the kitchen!!
Feel free to save our artwork to your computer
and use in a digital collage or your own artwork...
but I think the much better idea is to make your own!