The Queen’s Magic

Artwork-Blue Tea, Zebra Pen Technical Pen, PM-701 Permanent Marker and Sarasa Metallic Clip pens in a Hahnemühle Report and Art book

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I’ve been drinking a lot of blue tea lately, so you can expect to see lots of tea-toned paper in blue.

The Hahnemühle Report & Book is one of my favorite sketchbooks. It isn’t formulated for watercolor, but the paper is heavy enough to wet thoroughly and still hold up to pen or whatever else you want to use on it. I did put a piece of plastic acetate underneath to keep the blue tea from staining everything.

This time I just swiped the tea bag across the page for an overall blue tone without letting the bag or the peaflowers sit on the paper to leave shapes.

Nonetheless, the Queen appeared on the page after a bit of study and I doodled on from there with technical pen, permanent marker and metallic brush pens.

Wanna buy some of the cool toys I used?

Hahnemühle Report & Art books (review)

Zensations Technical pens (review)

Zebra PM-701 Stainless Steel Permanent Marker

Zebra Sarasa Clip 1.0, 9 Shiny / Metallic Color Set 

Dried butterfly pea flower tea

Cat Dreams in Blue Tea – Pencil to Paint

Artwork-Blue Tea, Zebra Pen Technical Pen and Qor Phthalo Blue watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Pressed Watercolor paper

If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. It ends tonight! My Three Roads Fun & Easy tutorial can be found here.

I hadn’t intended for this to be a Pencil To Paint, but it just ended up that way. Since I’m repeating steps from one I did last month, I’m making it a Monday special instead the usual Tuesday. Tomorrow’s Pencil To Paint is one I did using a red tea!

I started by using Butterfly Peaflower tea for the back ground, squeezing tea from the dried, steeped flowers and moving them around the page.

When the peaflowers were removed and the tea dried, I had this result.

Then I picked out all sorts of shapes with a technical pen.

I left it at that for the previous tutorial, but it felt unfinished to me. I decided to do a negative painting. I often do this because I see a shape or because I don’t like something and want to save it.

This time I just wanted to do a negative painting, lol. I decided to do a cat using Qor Phthalo Blue to paint around the shape of a cat.

You can still see all the shapes I drew, but now there is a subject to give them meaning. What DO cats dream of? Whatever they want to, thank you very much. Lol!

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cézanne Watercolor Blocks   (Review)

Indigo Art Mixed Media paper

Zebra PM-701 Stainless Steel Permanent Marker

Dried butterfly pea flower tea

Qor Phthalo Blue Watercolor

Baby Blues – Pencil to Paint

If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #16 , you can find it here.

Doodlewash prompt ‘Baby Blues’.

Pencil to Paint is a bit misleading for today’s mini-tutorial because I didn’t use either pencil or paint, lol.

Using tea or coffee to stain your paper is well-known technique for achieving gorgeous golden browns but now we have butterfly pea flower tea, which turns a beautiful blue.

I decided to see what kind of effect I could get from this tea. A little research showed that it is used as a natural food and clothing dye, so I thought it should be great for paper, too.

Once my tea had steeped for about 8 minutes (going from a clear light blue to midnight blue) I put the wet flowers onto my paper and pushed it around with a cheap brush. Gotta say – I love the color!

I kept squeezing the flowers to release more tea, and I discovered that I achieved a lovely indigo color. However, I found that in some lights it looks almost violet.

Is there a drawback to using this tea? Um. Yeah. Remember I said it was used for a clothing dye? Well, the color bleed right through the paper and onto the photo backdrop I use for my videos. Waaaah! I haven’t been able to get it out. So don’t wear your party clothes or use it around your good furniture! That probably goes for drinking it too, if you are the klutz I am.

I decided to try the tea on a more absorbent paper. The flowers from the tea were still wet (hours later!) and still had lots of color, so I used the same flowers on IndigoArts Hot Pressed mixed media paper.

I saw what looked like an eye, and immediately saw the drawing for today’s prompt.


Isn’t he the cutest little baby? Not! Thunderbird is serious business right out of the egg!

Artwork-Blue Tea and Zebra PM-701 on IndigoArts Hot Pressed Watercolor paper

On the Cézanne piece, where I’d left the pea flowers on for much longer, there were all sorts of shapes from the outline of the flowers. I’ve been working in Charlie O’Shields Sketching Stuff Activity book, and I decided that I’d use the outline shapes and just draw separate little images (lots of birds in there!). It’s rather busy, but was great fun. I may or may not paint over this are some point and create something else entirely.

Artwork-Blue Tea and Zebra Pen Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Pressed Watercolor paper

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cézanne Watercolor Blocks   (Review)

Indigo Art Mixed Media paper

Zebra PM-701 Stainless Steel Permanent Marker

Dried butterfly pea flower tea