Once Upon a Teatime by Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



Today’s post is by Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka. Somerset Place would like to thank her for her contribution and inventive artwork, which uses tea to create stunning effects on her art journal spread.

Is there anything more relaxing than a journal or a book in hand and a cup of delicious tea nearby? Usually one should be careful not to spill a drop on the pages while reading or writing, but how about adding a tint of your brewage directly and on purpose on the paper? If art journaling is also your cup of tea, used teabags may also serve well as tiny memory keepers. Just prepare a teapot and relax in the most creative way. Enjoy!

Supplies:

1. The focal elements are dried used teabags with vintage photos inserted inside their tissues. To prepare these memory keepers, just brew your tea, let the bags dry, tear them and remove their contents. Then put the photos inside and seal them with gel medium.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



2. Cover the journal pages with muted and earth-toned papers. Use gel medium directly on the pages and smooth firmly along the surface in all directions to avoid bubbles under the paper layer. Once it dries, smooth edges with a sanding block. Remove the old labels from the teabags and add new ones according to your own plan and ideas. Arrange some circle elements onto the pages.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



3. Continue with adding some word stickers and random letters here and there and stamping in a messy manner using black ink. Intended shortages give a vintage feel to your creation.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



4. Now comes the most joyful part – splashing with teastain. You will need wet teabags again. Just put them randomly onto the pages and let the page get soaked with the tea. Move the pages in various directions to make teastain drip and create patchy effects. Don’t be too acurate as a bit of sloppiness will only add to the overall effect.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



5. A few delicate accents work great to add contrast. Use black fine tip pens to accent the edges and apply a thin coat of clear crackling paste to get a worn look. Try to add some splashes with a brush generously covered with gesso, black ink and blue paint. Just let the ink drip from a tip of the brush. Then accent the journal pages with a brown ink pad. The final step is adding a black thread and gluing it here and there. When your journal spread is ready you certainly deserve a cup of tea.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



Olga Siedlecka is a mixed-media artist from Poland and has been published in Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Studio Gallery, Art Journaling, and Artful Blogging.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 @ 9:40 am
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8 Responses to “Once Upon a Teatime by Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka”

  1. connie says:

    SO love this Olga! Nicely done :)

  2. Wow, so creative & original…it makes one look so closely to really see all the imagery. Very cool, Olga!

  3. Linda says:

    Wow! I’ve been using teabag papers for ages but I think this is such an awesome way to use them! Love the vintage photos in the bags!! Thank you, Olga!!

  4. cathy says:

    Such a beautiful journal page. I’d love to hear the story of the lovely ladies you used.

  5. Seth says:

    Magical pages. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  6. Ella says:

    Thank you, Olga! This is tearrific!

  7. bridget says:

    i need to try this with old photos of my grandmother an her 8 sisters.

  8. Erika says:

    Love the page! Does anyone know what stamps she used?

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Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



Today’s post is by Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka. Somerset Place would like to thank her for her contribution and inventive artwork, which uses tea to create stunning effects on her art journal spread.

Is there anything more relaxing than a journal or a book in hand and a cup of delicious tea nearby? Usually one should be careful not to spill a drop on the pages while reading or writing, but how about adding a tint of your brewage directly and on purpose on the paper? If art journaling is also your cup of tea, used teabags may also serve well as tiny memory keepers. Just prepare a teapot and relax in the most creative way. Enjoy!

Supplies:

1. The focal elements are dried used teabags with vintage photos inserted inside their tissues. To prepare these memory keepers, just brew your tea, let the bags dry, tear them and remove their contents. Then put the photos inside and seal them with gel medium.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



2. Cover the journal pages with muted and earth-toned papers. Use gel medium directly on the pages and smooth firmly along the surface in all directions to avoid bubbles under the paper layer. Once it dries, smooth edges with a sanding block. Remove the old labels from the teabags and add new ones according to your own plan and ideas. Arrange some circle elements onto the pages.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



3. Continue with adding some word stickers and random letters here and there and stamping in a messy manner using black ink. Intended shortages give a vintage feel to your creation.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



4. Now comes the most joyful part – splashing with teastain. You will need wet teabags again. Just put them randomly onto the pages and let the page get soaked with the tea. Move the pages in various directions to make teastain drip and create patchy effects. Don’t be too acurate as a bit of sloppiness will only add to the overall effect.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



5. A few delicate accents work great to add contrast. Use black fine tip pens to accent the edges and apply a thin coat of clear crackling paste to get a worn look. Try to add some splashes with a brush generously covered with gesso, black ink and blue paint. Just let the ink drip from a tip of the brush. Then accent the journal pages with a brown ink pad. The final step is adding a black thread and gluing it here and there. When your journal spread is ready you certainly deserve a cup of tea.

Guest Artist Olga Siedlecka



Olga Siedlecka is a mixed-media artist from Poland and has been published in Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Studio Gallery, Art Journaling, and Artful Blogging.

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