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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Keep calm and put the kettle on

Tea is this week's IAE theme. To be honest I rarely drink tea. When I do, it has to be strong and black, maybe with a squeeze of lemon (yes, even though I'm English I admit I find our habit of putting milk in tea a bit odd!)

But, despite being a coffee lover at heart, there's just something about traditional English tea shops - the freshly laundered table cloths, white lacy doilies and pretty mismatched china! So I couldn't resist this week's theme....
 I've painted this little 5x5" canvas in acrylics, and used scrap book papers for the tea cup, saucer and table cloth. I added a white doily, and a little sequin in the centre of the flower. Detail is added with coloured pencil.

You can see all the submissions (and submit one yourself if you're quick!) on the IAE blog

12 comments:

  1. I just love this! fantastic use of colours and a real doily! I know what you mean about old fashioned tea shops and mismatched pretty china- somehow very comforting. Your title phrase seems to be becoming a bit of a mantra for me recently:)

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  2. Nicely executed, Angie. I love hot cup of tea sometimes in the winter when I am chilled but I too am a coffee lover.
    Hugs,
    Tammy

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  3. This is charming, Angie! I love the colors and the patterns in the scrapbook papers. Makes me feel like having a cup of tea, even though I'm a coffee drinker too :)

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  4. I join an internet group for a virtual tea break each Tuesday, but that's the only time I drink tea. Like you, I'm also a coffee lover. I was raised by grandparents who were British to the core, but, when we had tea, it was usually black. I remember once my grandmother brought out the cream for a special tea, though.

    I love this lovely canvas you created for this tea party. All the details are perfect. I like how you described the mismatched tea cups and saucers. So typical of most tea rooms. Great IA challenge canvas.

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  5. Love this piece ,it makes me want to pick up a brush...

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  6. Pretty little mismatched teacup and saucer.
    Delightful.

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  7. Pour us a cuppa love... looks like this piece would have been well suited to a teashop (shoppe) in Bath this week too!

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  8. This is really sweet! I like it alot! My aunt would not serve me tea in her china cups because I didn't put milk in it. She said it stained them. I always had to have mine in a mug. But, like you, I prefer coffee anyway!

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  9. So pretty and appealing, the textures and the dots inside the cup add to its charm.

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  10. Lovely, the use of the paper doily is inspired!

    Darla

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  11. I love your mixed media submission! I am a coffee lover all the way, although I do have a cup of green tea now and then, mostly when I don't feel well and feel the need to be pampered. There is something prissy, proper and pampering about Tea. Definitely made to be shared! Very clever and delightful submission!

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