Thursday, 14 March 2019

Botanical Tea by Jennie

Hello and welcome! It is always lovely to be back on Calico Craft Parts creating with new products.

And you can't have failed to see that we are all creating with the new Tea Caddy! I have used the medium sized caddy and some botanical tissue paper to create a caddy which can be used for leaf tea (my husband is a great tea drinker and loves  his different blends). Apparently this medium size will take a full 250g bag of loose tea - he has tried it already!

The outside of the box was first given a few coats of gesso - I have kept the inside clear of any products so as not to "taint" the tea!

I measured out the botanical tissue paper to fit right around the box and painted it on the reverse with blue paint - not being too careful as I wanted different shades to show through. When dry I stuck it onto the box with multi matte medium and left everything to dry overnight.

I used a tea-themed layering stencil to add a bit of texture.

Then the whole box got a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze. It is quite a big area to cover so make sure you have enough!

I found some glass door knobs in our local hardware store for £3.

Finally I added DecoArt Gold Metallic paint around the edges and to highlight the stencilling. I still felt it needed something else so glued metal tape around the edges. I am not sure that this is quite what I wanted as it is rather brassy! but it might fade with use.

I really love these new tea caddies and love the way my fellow teamies  are showing very different ways of decorating them!

As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x

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  1. I love what you did with the new tea caddy Jennie. The glass knob looks fantastic and I love the gold accents. There are going to be some very stylish tea parties around the country - possibly the world - thanks to Calico! xx

  2. Love this delicate "Jennie" version you have created! It is so "you" and as always such a delight to look at!
    Claudia xxx

  3. What a great way to decorate the caddy - brilliant use of the tissue wrap.
    Alison x