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Tea staining paper - non acid technique

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Lovely tea stained papers

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Category Paper Crafts
Style Retro / Vintage, Traditional, Victorian / Steampunk, Classic, Romantic, Eco-Friendly
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What inspired your paper craft project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Tea staining paper at the Sago on Tuesdays bindery

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What materials did you use? plastic tub, cheap tea bags, bi-carb soda (baking soda), warm water, paper of choice, plastic perforated trays,

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What are you most proud of? The feedback I have had from students and other binders that the speed of this method gives them the chance to do complete antiqued projects in realistic time.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? To get the most out of this, it's great to have a selection of different papers, to see which papers make the best effects for you. Also, to use the tea bath not just once, but up to 7 days straight, as the colours and sediment from the tea bags continues to produce better and better effects. Just be sure to check the pH with a testing kit (if pH is the important thing for you) and add and stir in more bi-carb until it comes down to about 6.5-7.

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Thank you so much for sharing! This is really cool - I would imagine it would work well on fabric too. Have to give it a try. May I share your technique with my Book and Paper Arts Guild? I will certainly give you credit. Cheers, Sue

02/26/2012 Flag

Of course. Please do. There are other book and paper goodies on the bindery website too: cheers. :D

02/26/2012 Flag

Thank you!

02/26/2012 Flag

I love the look of the tea stained paper. Can't wait to try it. Thanks.

07/09/2012 Flag

This is such a beautiful staining idea. Reminds me of old Victorian crafts. I plan to try this as a gift idea. So many wonderful colors that can be used with herbal teas...maybe?

08/08/2012 Flag

Love this paper!

02/24/2014 Flag