Sunday, April 23, 2017

I Love This Plant

More fill-in photos. My most unusual house plant is this "Rabbit's Foot Fern". It needs splitting, but I'm afraid I will damage it. It was given to me when it was in need of care. I wasn't sure I could bring it back, but it has done well with some sun and watering when dry. The rhizomes grow up, out and over the edge of the container with a furry appearance that look a bit like a rabbit's feet. It's an interesting and oddly beautiful plant!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

For Kitty Lovers

I'm still down recovering from hand surgery, and my super sweet kitty has not left my side.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


I had right hand surgery yesterday, and am slowly returning to the living. If recovery goes well, the left will be done later in the year. So far, so good, but I have a club for an arm. Told my husband to steer clear. This photo is one of a bunch I took last week around our house and yard. I'll fill in with them while I'm not being creative. It's the same red plant as in my last post. I really like this silhouette view!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Not Brown

While looking at my blog with so much tea bag art, I started to feel a need for some color. So here are my Easter Cyclamen plants in full bloom.They are at their peak now and simply beautiful. I've had Cyclamens in the past that have not done well, so I'm looking for tips on how to care for them.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Interesting Result

On the Left -- an image painted along used tea bag lines. On the Right -- the very same image after soaking through the thin tea bag paper to a blank sheet of white paper underneath. That sheet was meant to protect my desktop, but it ended up displaying the preferred image instead. What is the image?? Just another tea bag line critter, I guess.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Teabag with Acrylic Paint

This is small, the size of a teabag opened up, mounted on handmade paper. I almost discarded it when I realized that brownish flowers are usually dead flowers. I'm not sure I like it, but that's the color of used teabags. I followed the tea lines with like-colored paint, and flowers of some kind started to appear. Maybe dead poppies?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Finished Kitty

No paint, only glass eyes surrounded by teabag string, Papier Mache, and used tea bags...measures about 3-1/2" x 4" All she/he needs now is a name!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wire, Bulking Materials, and Masking Tape Armature

A kitty sculpture will hopefully result with this 3" x 4" project. It starts with bending wire in the shape of the subject. Eighteen gauge wire is recommended, but my hands need thinner that is easier to bend, so I use twenty gauge. Then it's time to add bulk with padding of scrunched foil, cardboard, etc. to the desired shape. I like to use pieces of packing foam if I have it.

All of that is totally covered with masking tape to hold it together. I used decorative masking tape only because the store was out of plain. It doesn't matter as it will all be covered in the end. These two photos show those first steps. Next posts will show papier mache and final finishing. This is really fun!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Still Papier Mache and Tea Bags

I had no plan and don't know what else to call her, so "Art Doll" will have to do. She evolved from a wire and masking tape armature under 4 layers of papier mache and used tea bags from herbal and black teas. She has glass bead eyes and is about 7" tall. These figures take a long time to create as each layer must dry overnight. Her hair made me think she could be "Kokopelli", a Native American fertility deity, but she would need to be depicted in profile with a flute. I don't want to try making a papier mache and tea bag flute!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Easy Recipe

This is not to eat (that would be cooking, not my thing ;). But if you like to use Lip Balm, it's easy to make your own.


1 part melted Beeswax (craft stores in candle-making aisle)

2 parts melted Coconut Oil
A few drops Vitamin E Oil

Melt Beeswax in a microwaveable measuring cup. Add coconut oil and melt again (be careful, it will be hot). Add Vitamin E oil, mix well. Pour into little pots to have handy in various locations. I keep one in my kitchen, bathroom and purse, then store the rest in a larger container. Refrigeration not necessary.

I've never added essential oils, but I may try adding a drop or two of Lavender next time.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Not Realism

I followed used tea bag lines with acrylic paints until an image started to appear. After 10 minutes I saw a bear, but then it quickly became a dog. The red/purple color is from an herbal tea bag that bled into the regular black tea bags while drying in a bowl. The highlight in his left eye was actually a small tear in the tea bag paper, but it worked. Once done, I tore way the straight edges and mounted it on a sheet of hand-made paper. Mod Podge or Matte Medium is good for doing this.

Sometimes the plain sheet of paper I use to protect my desktop from paint seeping through thin tea bag paper is as interesting as the original!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mrs. ET?

I meant for this wire armature, papier-mache figure (3 posts below) to be an "art doll" with a painted face, hair, body, etc. I guess it still is an "art doll", but my painting efforts failed. Finishing her then brought forth new ideas like sculpted used tea bags, some loose tea from those bags, glass eyes, and a piece of stiffened cheesecloth. My grand-daughter would say she's "freaky"!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Two More Sheets

Wanting to quickly make a homemade paper sheet for St. Patrick's Day, I added a three leaf clover to the top sheet. In the process one leaf laid itself on top of another, but the intention was there. It also has some other random inclusions like lavender buds and a first dandelion of spring. The bottom sheet is a recycled brown bag with some dried grass and ground tea from my tea bag art. Fun stuff!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tea Bag Art

I did this today while my papier mache figure is drying. I allowed the tea stains on the tea bag paper to give me the idea for what to paint. This 3"x5" image reminds me of early spring weeds popping up where I walk each day. The tiny dark specks are actual ground tea. The more reddish colors came from a Tangerine-Orange herbal bag, my new favorite tea!