Wednesday, February 25, 2009

tea time


finally got the time to do this little experiment last sunday,
well not really an experiment
because i think many of you might have tried this before.

so what i had in mind was to make a vintage looking diary for myself.
i have thought of just crushing cream colored paper to create the worn-out and used look.
but i recalled reading from a japanese photography magazine that tea bags can be used to create the vintage look.

to prepare for this fun experiment,
i took bags of chinese tea (pu erh) from the office (*bad bad bad but at the same time, i felt good... like a little revenge:: work has taken so much of my time and life.... i am just taking a few tea bags to get even).

last sunday, i finally got some spare time.

i prepared a *tea-bath* and *bathed* a piece of medium weight paper.

waited for 5 minutes.... hmm... not *brown* enough....
another 5 minutes... still not quite ok....
another 5 minutes.... 10 minutes....

........ i lost count in the end....
but the result was not that satisfactory....
it's not *brown* and *wrinkled* enough....
need to keep trying...

8 comments:

ashlee 魚 said...

will coffee be better?
you can have a sip at the same time while you waiting for the result. :P

Candice said...

tea and coffee always are helping hands for vintage look. I used them on fabric too. (but also can use 灰猛養 on fabric)

you can also try to put some salt or sugar on the wet paper to make some pattern.

joanna said...

very interesting!! looking forward to seeing the diary!!

aileen :: motu said...

thanks thanks! coffee is a good idea! i shall do that.... first i need to take a few spoonfuls from the office (my little revenge) heheheh....

candice ~ thx for the tips on salt / sugar... what is 灰猛養 lei? actually i have been thinking of dying the pieces of lace i got... you think i can use coffee or 灰猛養? thx!

ashlee 魚 said...

灰猛養(灰錳氧)= Potassium Permangante ...
purple in color ?!!!

aileen :: motu said...

hmmm... this is very 深.... i haven't heard of this before... can it be bought? if it works on fabrics, i wanna try!!

Candice said...

灰錳氧.... people use it to soak their HK foot! But I've heard that if a movie need vintage outfit (even wall paper), they will use 灰錳氧 spray on it(seems that is a PRO tool in Movie industry :P). Of coz tea and coffee are always more easy to control. And remember to soak in salty water to fix your dye.

aileen :: motu said...

hihi candice ~ this is so funny lei!!! but now i get it! thank you sooo much for the tip (esp the salt part)!!!! i will show you the end result!!! ^_^