The Art of Tea Bag Painting

A course by Ruby Silvious , Graphic Designer and Visual Artist

Graphic Designer and Visual Artist. Coxsackie, United States.
Joined January 2022

Explore watercolor and gouache to create miniature paintings using the emptied-out tea bags as a canvas.

  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 2000 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore watercolor and gouache to create miniature paintings using the emptied-out tea bags as a canvas.

A course by Ruby Silvious

Is working with unconventional materials to create exciting and unique works of art your cup of tea? Step into Ruby Silvious’ marvelous world of upcycling. She has completed numerous projects with non-traditional materials to bring visual marvels to life, including 363 Days of Tea, a collection of illustrations with tea bags. Ruby’s inspired by everyday objects and incorporates them into her pieces. Her famous tea bag works all started when she was having a cup of tea with her sister; suddenly, the idea of using them for her art was born. Her creations have since been featured in international publications such as CNN Travel, PBS, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan China, and Vogue Italia.

In this online course, make art out of tea! Ruby takes you through different techniques for painting using tea bags as a special canvas. She teaches you how to train your hand through painting exercises and guides you through other ways you can use tea bags to create unique works of art. Once you are all done, she shows you how to display your pieces to share them with the world.

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What will you learn in this online course?

11 lessons & 19 downloads

  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 2000 students
  • 11 lessons (1h 16m)
  • 19 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Depict three subjects on used tea bags with different painting techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in upcycling and in learning how to paint on non-traditional canvas.

Requirements and materials

Tea bags, watercolors, gouache, paint brushes, fine-point pen, and pencil.


Reviews

2000 Students
93 Reviews
99% Positive ratings
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Ruby Silvious

A course by Ruby Silvious

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Graphic Designer and Visual Artist

Ruby Silvious is a Graphic Designer and Visual Artist based in the United States. She has been making upcycled art since she retired, taking discarded materials to create unique worlds of art. Her claim to fame is her work using tea bags, which went viral on Instagram in 2015. It has since been featured in international publications such as CNN Travel, PBS, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan China, and Vogue Italia. Her work has been exhibited across the world, from the U.S. to Japan to Europe.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparing for the Tea Bag Painting

    • Inspiration and References for the Project
    • Understanding the Medium: Types of Tea Bags and How to Prepare Them for Painting
    • Painting Materials
    • Painting and Technique Exercises
  • U3

    Completing the Project

    • Painting a Tea Cup
    • Painting a Birch Tree
    • Painting a Hibiscus Flower
  • U4

    Display Options and Other Applications

    • Other Ideas for the Used Tea Bags
    • Sharing on Social Media
  • FP

    Final project

    • The Art of Tea Bag Painting

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The Art of Tea Bag Painting. Craft & Illustration course by Ruby Silvious

The Art of Tea Bag Painting

A course by Ruby Silvious
Graphic Designer and Visual Artist. Coxsackie, United States.
Joined January 2022
  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 2000 students