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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 Classic, Romantic, Eco-Friendly, Victorian / Steampunk, Retro / Vintage, Traditional
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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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I like it too! But I also would like to know the process.

11/24/2014 Flag

So pretty

12/14/2014 Flag


04/10/2015 Flag

How do you get the beautiful patterns. Mine turned out plain tea color.

06/09/2015 Flag

Thanks so much! So inventive, and well-explained. Think I'll also try it with 'Red Zinger' tea.

09/15/2015 Flag