How To Stain Paper with Tea Bags

Art is always fun. Kids love it. Adults love it. For many, it is a way for them to relieve themselves from stress and just simply relax. With the use of art, you can make things appear different from what they actually are by using materials that can be found at home. One example of this kind of art is staining a piece of paper with tea bags to make it look ancient. After the project is done, the piece of paper will look as if it came from another era. This is a fun way to engage your kids in creating art by making something new look old. So these are the instructions to make your piece of dull paper appear antique.

  1. Gather all the materials you will need. These materials include tea bags, hot water, paper, and a baking pan or any pan where your paper can fit.
  2. Pour the hot water into the baking pan. Dunk the tea bags into the hot water for a several minutes or until the water turns brown. Whirl the tea bags around to let its color spread around the whole pan.
  3. Let it sit for a while as it cools. Make sure that it has been entirely cooled or is lukewarm when you begin to work with it. Keep your children from touching it while it is still hot.
  4. Get a piece of paper. The paper could be any kind. Dunk it entirely into the pan of cool tea. Let it dip for a few seconds. Pull it out and lay it on a level surface to dry.
  5. Check if the color of the paper is just enough for you. If you want it to be in a darker shade, dunk it again into the tea. Repeat this routine until you have achieved the color you like.
  6. You can wait for the paper to dry or you can just throw it in the microwave to quicken its drying process. If you will be using the microwave as a drying method, lay the piece of paper onto a flat plate. Heat it for approximately 10 minutes. Be careful when taking it out of the microwave oven since it will be too hot to handle with just bare hands. Use your oven mittens or a piece of cloth to shield your hands from the heat. If it hasn't dried completely after that, let it sit on an open space for a few more minutes until it is free from moist. Do not let your children touch it, as well, while it is hasn't cooled.
  7. If you do not want to use this method, use a paintbrush instead. Lay the piece of paper onto a clean and level surface. Dip the paintbrush into the tea. Brush the tea onto the piece of paper until you have brushed the entire paper. Gently flip it over in order for it not to break or tear apart. Repeat the same process on the other side of the paper.

One tip when doing this project is to be as gentle as possible. Wet paper is very fragile and could easily tear. If it tears, you have to redo the process of dipping and browning it.


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