12. May, 2020

Eco Dying on Used Teabag Fabric

For quite a while now I have been thinking about combining my teabag recycling with eco printing and since I was going to be steaming for the journal prints I decided i would laminate some teabags onto some lightweight fabric. I used a mix of black tea bags and berry burst as you can see in the above photo. My assumption was that because the teabags would have tannin in them and they were paper, mordanting with tannin and alum would not be required. U used a weak iron blanket of cheap watercolour paper. How wrong could I be? The paper steamed and held together beautifully but there were no prints on the teabags. With lockdown I am out of alum until my order from Hands Ashford arrives so I guess I will just have to wait and retry with the full mordant process. The deep rose of the berry burst bags was quite muted after steaming but that was sort of expected because the berries are a fugitive colour and when I have done other experiments with the lovely teabag colours they dont stay permanent. Even gel medium knocks them out