I use this particular photo all the time when working with the tea bags - partly because of the beauty of the place and partly for the memories and profound effect that week in Scotland had on my art and life...and continues to have.
What if I printed that photo large? Not 10 inches x 12 inches or even 24 x 36 large, but L A R G E. Six feet wide type large. Could I? How? What would it look like printed on multiple sheets of tea bags? Did I actually have enough tea bags? There was only one way to find out - just do it.
Thursday found me sitting at the computer and figuring out how to do all the technical work in Photoshop. Friday I cut freezer paper to 11" x 17" and attached it to the same size printer paper to help add stability to the page when feeding it through my printer. Yesterday morning, I lightly ironed tea bags to the pages and began printing.
Between 35 and 40 pages. So far.
Multiples of the same area to allow for depth, and possibly movement, when all is done.
There were minor blips, a few tea bags became wrinkled a bit going through the printer.
The Red Boat, in progress
still attached to freezer paper
71 inches x 54 inches
The fun begins tomorrow when I start sewing...