There is an amazing tradition of tea bag art, sculpture, embroidery, and stitching. It's detailed and fascinating, and I thought I'd share a few examples for a bit of Monday creative inspiration. If you're a tea drinker who throws away your tea bags, these might have you rethinking your options!
Diane Aguilar uses beads and embroidery, and recycled tea bags in her tiny creations. Note the teabag patchwork details and seed beads on the beautiful sunburst below. And, her peacock? I especially love the palm fronds.
Next up, Ruby Silvious:
It's incredible how much detail Ruby is able to get into such a small space. I love her tiny scenes of far-flung places. And she has even published a book, 365 Days of Tea, documenting her miniature paintings throughout a single year. To see more of Ruby's creations (above), follow her on Instagram, or have a look at her website.
Ok, look at the individually painted grains of black and white rice in this dreamcatcher tea bag (below) by Stephanie Hüllmann. You can find Stephanie, and more of her creations on Instagram, and at her site.
Bold colors, tiny staples, layering, and thread make this creation (above) an extension of Tiffany Goff Smith's electric, color-blast style. You can find her on Instagram.
And I'll finish up with this circular tea bag by Ruth Davis (below). Love this. She uses Copic Multiliner and watercolor. I could only find Ruth on Flickr, but would love to find an Insta account or website to follow as well!