Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Art of Tea Staining Paper

The aged textured look and feel of parchment paper creates an impact in books, drawings or other paper goods. While creating a client's wedding guest book, I used a tea staining to age the papers upon which her guests will sign thier well wishes and place a photo. I used a 70 weight archival quality white paper.  I then prepared a bucket for eight cups of boiling water, 25 tea bags and then topped off the bucket with two gallons of tap water dipping papers into the bucket in small batches. Wall- ah! A regular Boston Tea party in my kitchen. The brew yielded more than 60 pages of yellowish tan lovely archival paper. The papers will now be bound and set into a book binding I assembled from scratch. How's your art doing?