27 January 2010

English Tea On Japanese Paper

EnglishTea

Just trying this out. I'm painting some strong British tea onto this Nishinouchi to stain it before I start printing with woodblocks. Nice color. I do hope it doesn't eat the paper - I didn't do any research on how tea affects kozo fibers.

Tea wasn't actually brought to America until the 1650s, but John Eliot's Indian Bible was printed in 1663 so there was already a bit of tea floating about. Americans embraced tea with gusto, as we often still do with new things. I want a new Apple tablet.

9 comments:

Ellen Shipley said...

I'd be worried about the tea. Maybe a base to counter the acid? Or is it the tannin? Pretty color tho. I like it.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

I put tea stains, on purpose, on a paper I wrote and more than five years later it still looked good. To think that tea used to be the cutting edge technology.....

mizu designs said...

My moku hanga teacher in Kyoto used inks she made from green tea in her printmaking. Maybe it will be ok on your kozo.

Lee Oldford Churchill said...

The tea contains tannic acid - amoung other consituants - that will over time eat the paper. Being kozo and so very strong it will simply take more time. I'm not sure about it as a colourant, since it's organic I would be concerned about the effect of light on it. But I haven't read any studies looking at the lightfastness of tea so I can't offer any ideas on what will happen...

Debra James Percival said...

I love the color to! I have tea socked paper that is a good 10 years old and it is fine. So, Good Luck and Happy Printing.

Eli Griggs said...

I've used tea to stain good watercolour paper before drawing in coloured pencils and had no problems with sixteen year old examples.

You might want to add some ox-gall to your tea though, to break water tension and allow for a even stain.

Good luck.

Kim Rosen said...

I have no advice on the tea, it looks nice though. I want an iPad too.

Vizart said...

There is some stuff called Make It Acid Free it is a spray and it is marketed for scrap booking i don't know if it works or not. I think that when you can use archival materials you should, but i also think the Art comes first and if it is important to the piece you just have to go for it and hope for the best! i can't wait to see how this print develops.

Sue said...

My tea staining activities usually consisted of accidentally knocking over my cuppa onto recently-completed artwork! Thank goodness for digital files! Now I only have to worry about drenching the keyboard!LOL!