At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Saturday, July 30

Inspiration Avenue Challenge - It's Tea Time!

I decided to re-use (I'm not going to call it 'cheating' this time!) a drawing I did back in February...


My clever, clever plan was to paint it different strengths/shades of tea...

Clearly, I've never used tea before - not even to do those often-convincing 'aged' pages - so I had no idea how incredibly pale even the strongest looking cold tea appears on the page... *sigh*

But not to be deterred, I decided to do a two-page spread - paint the drawing with watercolours, and tea-stain a second page and stamp an appropriate message...

And voila!


What do you think??

You can see I need some more practice with stamps... applying the pressure left-handed is still a challenge...

And the label is from the yogi tea I had at breakfast, and reads 'See the soul and divinity in everybody'...

So, tea does make everything better :)

13 comments:

amandadavie said...

Love this piece! REally nice-and I agree it does make everything better! xo amanda

Magpie said...

I love this! It's homey and warm...just like a cuppa tea should be. A wonderful journal spread!

New End Studio said...

I like this, would look great framed! Tea does make things better...

Jennibellie said...

Wonderful piece Claire :)

Tammy said...

Oh I love this. The colors are so fun and cheerful. Nicely done.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so impressed with your left handed art and stamping. It amazes me how well you have made the transition. My stamping looks like that and I don't have a "hand-icap." Love this tea inspired piece.

whatidoisme said...

Lovely page, and couldn't agree more ... Love the colours you have so cleverly combined.
Sue

artangel said...

Very lovely artwork and I love the words! I adore tea staining, have never tried it with watercolours before but it works really well here!

Barbara said...

Beautiful job...

Judy Goddard said...

It has a wonderful harmoniousness to it. And I like the "borders" around the letters. You "meant" to do that, right? 80)

poppy m said...

Hi claire - it would make a great "get well card"! Tea is one of the anwers to the universe!

IM GIRL said...

I love your take on "re-use" and your tea submission is great. Very nice!

Susan said...

I LOVE this ... well done & I especially love the little secondary message xo les Gang