Tea Time : )

Helga Strauss, owner of ARTchix Studio, began writing an incredible blog this year called My ARTistic Life. I have been following her blog for a while, and I'm always amazed at what wonderful things Helga does. She and her husband James run ARTchix Studio together and I have been working with her cool products from the start of her business in 2001. You'll find my featured artist page as well as a number of free online classes I wrote for ARTchix Studio: Fabric Transfer, Fabric Collage, Valentine Necklace, Bottle Cap Fun, Mini Accordion Book . . . all on the ARTchix Studio website.

Anyway! Each week on Wednesday on her blog, Helga shouts out a weekly artistic challenge. I have been watching but not playing . . . making excuses, finding other things that "had" to be done instead. This past week's challenge was to "Have a Cup of Tea & Make a Collage With the Packaging!". : )))

I think I may be getting this in just in the nick of time as the deadline for posting the challenge on your blog is Wednesday morning . . . well, it IS still Wednesday morning, 11am! Thank you Helga. After being sick last week, it was great just to get out in my studio and play again. Can you tell which teas are my favorite ??

Here is a closer view - click on the photo for more detail.

The transparency image of a woman under the moon is from the Starry Night Transparency sheet. I used many of my old Tea-themed rubber stamps . . . yes, I do still love to add stamping to my art! The Tea package images are various favorites, placed on the copier bed and color copied onto card stock. The base was a piece of canvas which had been painted with plain brown and pearl white Lumiere acrylic paints for one of my collage on canvas classes. The round tag ("T") is a scrap booking tag. I punched a hole through the canvas and used a purple ribbon to attach the tag; I stamped the tag with Tea cups as well!

I sewed the piece of canvas to the striped fabric with a little batting behind it and a zig zag stitch on my machine. I am very happy to have completed this challenge, the first of many My ARTistic Life challenges -- I hope! : ) lenna