In an effort to use supplies in my well stock studio, I revisited my use of tea bags as a surface design element for this art quilt. The base fabric was ice dyed with chartreuse and navy dyes. I then covered it with used tea bags using matte medium. I painted a tree silhouette using a hand cut stencil that I made on 12 X 12 cardstock from a scrapbook sleeve. Finally, I used fusible web to attach golden silk leaves.
In this detailed view you can see the mottling of the base fabric and the aged look of the surface due to the tea bags. I also added some hand stitching with metallic seed beads at the base of the tree. I free motion stitched around the stenciled paint in a copper rayon thread to help define it.
Here is one more image where the tea bags really stand out. You can also see the stitching around and on the leaves and ghost leaves. I mounted this piece on a 20" X 20" canvas that I painted yellow, then golden brown and then washed with several coats of thinned gold metallic paint. Finally I used some Lumiere gold paint and a dry brush. The picture does not capture the depth of the colors. I really like this piece, even though I don't usually do representation work. I think it would look nice in a deep brown frame but I am wondering about the expense of framing it. Knowing that this is going to be for sale I wonder if I should keep the price reasonable and let the buyer frame it, or frame it and raise the price. I am open to suggestions from anyone who stops by to read this.
Thanks for looking at my recent work and have a great day!