If anyone is wondering, yes that leaf is actually unprocessed Camellia Sinensis, here is photographic evidence that I, in fact, picked it while I was at a tea plantation in Kenya.
Maybe picking and pressing a few leaves from distant lands isn't everyone's cup of tea (hee hee) but I thought this was such a fun, affordable way to remember my time in Kenya, as well as a way to make an awesome art piece, which will hopefully grace my future kitchen.
Warning though! Make sure if you do want to used pressed greenery to create tourist memories/art that you can get your plant treasures through customs! Tea is permitted to travel into Canada without any issues.
Not going to lie, the hardest part of this project was obtaining the tea leaves. To do this you must travel to a tea growing part of the world, but I feel like the concept of this project could easily be done with so many other plants, even locally grown. Peppermint, spearmint, basil, and whatever herb that can be pressed, dried and framed could make great kitchen art (or bookshelf art if you don't have a kitchen to call your own)
After that, all you need is some craft paper cut to 8 1/2 x11, a computer with printer, and a frame.
Choose your wording/lettering.
For this project I decided to do the dictionary definition of tea, mostly because I wanted to add my own definition to the list, other ideas were using the botanic description, or inspirational quotes about tea. All of these things can be easily borrowed from the internet, with a little googling. I chose an understated font, wanting the star of this piece to be the leaves themselves.
The font and wording is all personal preference, and the great thing about this particular project is that it's SO easy to change. If you don't like it at first you can just make a new one. You could even have themed back drops for the time of year, the possibilities are endless!
After you've created your back drop all you have to do is print, frame carefully, and voila!
Affordable and easy project with great results. Now it's time for some tea and a good book!
Do you do anything off-beat or unexpected to remember the places you've gone? Tell me about it!
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