Artist Turns Used Tea Bags Into Miniature Canvases for Daily Watercolor Paintings

Tea Bag Paintings by Ruby Silvious

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Since she began her 363 Days of Tea project in 2015—a personal challenge to create art daily by repurposing her used tea bags—visual artist and graphic designer Ruby Silvious has not ceased to record everyday impressions on her miniature recycled canvases. What has resulted in the following years is quite an extensive body of work, including several series documenting her travels, daily life, and even museum visits. She has also published two books compiling much of her work—363 Days of Tea: A Visual Journal on Teabags (released in 2016) and Reclaimed Canvas:  Reimagining  the  Familiar (2019).

Though none of her tea bag paintings are planned out in advance, Silvious’ ritualistic practice brings a very introspective and almost contemplative air to her ordinary subjects. Each finished piece encourages the viewer to reflect on these moments and rethink traditional views as to what may be considered art. What’s more, her work has been widely received, having been exhibited internationally and featured in both public and private collections.

Silvious is currently preparing for upcoming exhibits and events featuring her work in 2021. For more information visit her website, and follow the artist on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with her latest news.

Visual artist and graphic designer Ruby Silvious has created miniature paintings on tea bags daily for over five years.

Tea Bag Paintings by Ruby SilviousPainting on a Tea Bag by Ruby SilviousTea Bag Art by Ruby Silvious

She started this project as a way to expand her artistic practice and challenge traditional views around what is considered art.

Flamingos Painted on Tea Bags by Ruby SilviousWomen at the Beach Tea Bag Painting by Ruby SilviousRuby Silvious Landscape Tea Bag PaintingTea Bag Paintings by Ruby SilviousCombined Tea Bag Landscape Painting by Ruby SilviousDaily Art On Tea Bags by Ruby Silvious

Her tea bag paintings usually feature moments or impressions that document her everyday life.

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Watch this video to see Silvious at work.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ruby Silvious.

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