Tea Paintings

I love tea.  My mother in law taught me to drink tea shortly after I met her.  I drink strong black tea with milk, as well as lots of herbal teas.  I usually have a cup as soon as I wake up and an afternoon cup between 3 and 5 pm.  And maybe a few in between! 🙂 I love to recycle. So about a year ago I started saving my tea bags and thought I would use them in my art.
After my mom passed away in May of 2019, I started painting a tea bag a day as a relaxing therapy in the mornings.  Once I painted one, I knew this was going to be an ongoing project!  I have been working on a series: “Every Size, Shape, Color, and Age” in a variety of mediums. I decided to paint dresses to continue this series as well as flowers and whimsical creatures from the fairy realm.  I have titled the dress paintings after women I admire.
Once I had a large stack of painted tea bags, I laid them all out on my art desk and started thinking about how I could present them.  I had a stack of 4″ x 4″ canvases in the studio and thought I would paint them and collage the painted tea bags into the painted canvas.  As we begin the year 2021, I have even more ideas, sketches, and thoughts to record.  What started as a relaxing practice has become an ongoing series in which to grow and learn. 
Tea bag paintings by artist Janell Mithani