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Sunday, 10 October 2010

TEA (bag) ANYONE?

One of my favourite challenge sites is OH ALICE....every Saturday a new Alice themed challenge is issued and this week we are challenged to use TEA-BAG FOLDING as part of our pieces......also TIME but that's not essential!
Now you may not know this but way back when tea-bag folding was very popular especially here in the UK I used to teach it! So this is a bit of a blast from the past for me!
I made my folded flowers/tree tops from old book pages.....my fav thing to use if I can fit it in! When I sprayed them (with Distress re-inker in a spray bottle with a little water) they popped open like real flowers!
 The clock in the centre of this flower is on a very rusty bottle top I picked up yesterday.
 Another bottle top clock.......the paper I used for the clocks and in the background is a new one from 7Gypsies called PADDINGTON
Alice and the White Rabbit stamps are Mabel Lucie Atwell drawings from
THE ARTISTIC STAMPER.
And finally this is the back of my piece........you can see it is the covers of an old book! The wires you can see are holding the twigs I used for the tree trunks/flower stems in place.
I rarely enter the same piece for more than one challenge but I am making an exception this week as I ran out of time! So I am also entering this for the SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW challenge where this week the theme is NUMBERS.

25 comments:

Cheryl said...

oh wow this is just incredible that tea bag folding is awesome just love all the detail on this oh perfect hugs cheyrl xxxxx

Helen said...

OH Alice? OH Sue - it's gorgeous!! I've never tried tea bag folding but what lovely flower/tree tops you've made; and the background is fab.

Rosie said...

Oh wow, I sat and looked at this for so long, just trying to take in all the details. I love the subtle colours in this, and the back of the book is as interesting in its own way as the front! Beautiful art.

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, I'm really NOT a fan of teabag folding, Sue, but you've done such a great job of this I could even be tempted - not. I really love the way they turned out, though.

Carol Q said...

wonderfully inventive Sue. have always rated tea bag folding with peel offs (sorry!!!) even though I love origami. you'll start a new trend presenting it this way.

Susan Allan said...

Fantastic flowers and I like the texture when you look at the whole piece

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love the tea bag folded flowers Sue and the colours works so well on this page, another great Alice piece. Tracy x

Netty said...

One of the first things I tried was t bag folding and stuck it on everything.....lol
Love your quirky art, brilliant. Annette x

Nigel said...

Brilliant. I've only tried teabag folding once, and that was at a workshop. Guess who was teaching ;)

Dotty Jo said...

Wow, this is magical - just gorgeous! Jo x

Nancy said...

Wow!!! I love this! All of the elements are great - and using the book cover as your base? Great idea! I've never done tea-bag folding - I will have to try it as I love the way your flowers look.
Thank you for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Kat said...

I love your ode to alice,
I vist your blog often to see what you will come up with next, I am always in owe of your art work & journal pages,
I just wish you would shere with us how you do your back grounds & what you used more often, (just so I can try some of your techniques realy, LOL)
I hope I haven't been two cheeky,
Kat.

Sid said...

Very fab piece Sue !!

Sarah Anderson said...

Gorgeous background paper, and LoVe your teabag folded flowers :) How fab that they opened so beautifully when you sprayed them

margie c said...

Wow! Your book is amazing! I love the folded flowers and whole scene! Beautiful work!
Thank you for playing along with us at Oh, Alice!
hugs, margie

Erin said...

I LOVE IT! So cool, the flowers are awesome. I just made my first altered art book, and had so much fun. Thanks for joining us at Oh, Alice.

Lynne Phelps said...

Sue, this piece is SO FANTASTIC. That green is my absolute FAVE color and the Attwell Alice images are so fab! LOVE the teabag folded flowers, I could barely get through half a dahlia and you've made how many medallions? And the background of clocks - it is AWESOME! You rock!

Sam said...

Amazing art! Never tried teabag folding but those flowers/treetops look great. Love all the little details x

Kat said...

Hi sue,
I would love to see how you build up your back grounds & what you use,
because they alyays look so layerd & detailed,
I brought your decorative books, book off amazon, & haven't been able to put it down untill it's read cover to cover, it's so fab.
Kathleen.

Lynn Stevens said...

Girl, you do the most amazing art! Always a joy to see!

Jennie said...

Sue, this is brilliant, and yes I remember tea bag folding ..lol!
Hope all is well with you :))
Hugs x

Beth Norman said...

So cool! I think it is perfect for a book. I used to do altered books and I think I should do an Alice one after seeing yours. Guess I better finish the journalling in my Alice art journal. You are such an inspiration.

Sue Smith said...

I love this piece! It's totally gorgeous. I've never tried tea-bag folding... might have to give it a go soon :)

Emma said...

Wow Sue, this is just stunning! I LOVE your tea bag folded flowers, they are just AMAZING! Thanks so much for joining us over at Oh Alice!

Hels Sheridan said...

Sue, this is.... AWESOME!!! Dont' want to sound like a gushy old moo but... I am gushing cos this so merits it! Those pinwheels are gorgeous.. need you to teach me how to make those... pleeeease!! Hope you is okies hun x