I was hanging up the laundry yesterday, and it was a load of rags. In the bottom of the basket was one of my favorite trashy t-shirts (what am I saying, they are all my favorites). Half of it was splotched with uneven and rather interesting mildew stains. It had just gone through the washer twice. So I hung it to dry, and when Doc got home, staked my claim to it, and asked him to get me a lot of black tea. He said he thought I didn't like black tea (which, to be fair, I don't). I said, I didn't, I needed to dye a t-shirt. Then I explained to him the t-shirt I found and the stains and my dying technique that my mom had taught me. She used to use it to age muslin and other cotton fabrics that were just too bright for her quilting projects. I've always done it on clothes.
This is what I did:
And, instead of throwing the thick black left-over tea out, I put it in a big ol' mason jar and a spritzer bottle (ProTip: get some of that spray on body scent from the dollar store and then empty it out and use the bottle as an art spritzer, better than any empty bottle you can buy and the stuff inside of it is shite anyway - the dollar store is an artists/crafters best friend), to use to antique card stock.
Wow, did I just make my first tutorial? Maybe Punk Rock Handicrafts will feature some tutorials for stuff I don't plan to sell. And tips and hacks, like my treasure trove of dollar store hacks.
So, that's what I did tonight. Now I'm going to go create some colorized line drawings of the cats. They will be posted later exclusively on Circus Catimus on Facebook and @circuscatimus on Twitter.