My husband and I love tea. We have a cupboard that holds a variety of teas ranging from Chinese Green Gunpowder, to flavored rooibos teas, to an Assam we bought at the Mittal Tea House in Delhi. We have our morning cup of tea together, and often observe a proper 4:00 p.m. tea time, complete with cookies or scones. We sample teas from local growers, concoct herbal infusions from organic herbs for immune support, healing, and nourishment, and even prepare our own Masala Chai. Our love of tea is integral to our lives.
So, naturally, I was inspired to make a print in homage to tea!
I started with a sketch that I turned into a repeat in Photoshop. After the initial pattern was created, I burned a screen with my thermofax machine, and did some test prints on cotton and a shiny upholstery fabric.
Not really satisfied with the results, I decided that the image might be a good one to use as a try out for Spoonflower, a fabric design service that will print any quantity of fabric you order! So, after I manipulated the color a bit, I digitally uploaded my file to the site.
The fabric took about 10 days to reach me after I placed the order. I selected small quantities of two different cottons so I could see the way the print appears, and also to test the fabric with my book making.
I love the fabric I received from Spoonflower. It is of excellent quality and the printing holds up for my applications. It is SO perfect-looking that it doesn’t really integrate well with my screen and block printed book covers. However, I can definitely see myself using it for other purposes, like garments, for example.
I’m going to keep trying tea cup variations. I want to simplify the image so it prints more crisply with my screens, or maybe even as a block print.
Maybe I’ll contemplate my next idea over a nice cup of Darjeeling…