Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tea Time Art Journal Pages with Frieda Oxenham

I don’t know about you but I started life off as a complete coffee addict and that continued for quite some time. But in the last few years I have switched somewhat. Although I still have my double espresso in the morning to kick start my system I then switch to tea for the rest of the day. I love my tea just as is, without sugar or milk and ideally I like to drink it in the pleasant surroundings of a tea shop. This spread is my homage to such shops and it uses one of my favourite art supplies: the humble paper napkin. You can find some amazing imagery on them. Sadly you usually have to buy them in a pack of 20 identical ones but some years ago I did a paper napkin swap with a group of other artists which meant we all ended up with 20 different ones and this tea shop one was among my favourites. I have hoarded it all this time till finally I came up with a spread which is hopefully worthy of it.

Here is the step-by-step tutorial:
1.      Gesso pages.

2.      Using Ancient Marks together with pink and peach paint.
Brayer on the colours and remove the paint through the stencil using a baby wipe.

3.      Repeat step 2 with turquoise paint.

4.      Using the top layer only of a flower themed paper napkin glue bits of it onto the pages using matte medium.

5.      Repeat step 2 with green/yellow paint.

6.      Glue on vintage music, text and pieces of map, again using matte medium

7.      Repeat step 2 with pink and turquoise paint. 

8.      Spray on white “text” through Rembrandt’s Words using a permanent spray such as Liquitex.

9.      With black paint, stencil on leaves with Pressed Leaves and succulents using Succulents

10.  Glue on imagery from a tea shop themed paper napkin using only the top layer and matte medium

11.  Glue on more flowers from the paper napkin used in step 4.

12.  Stencil white paint through Hash Marks and Just Breathe, a Serene Goddess.

13.  Outline the flowers and the leaves with a white marker

14.  Add the texts by gluing and stamping.
Now go and enjoy a good cup of tea!

(C) Frieda Oxenham 2016. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG. 


  1. Thanks for the step outs and stencils used. So pretty, colorful and fun. I understand the flowers from napkins....but what are the other pieces from, like the store fronts, etc? Would love to try my hand at this.

  2. Thank you, Frieda, for so generously sharing your intricate and unique artwork with us! May I be so bold as to ask your permission to re-post a couple of these shots in my blog? -- giving you full permission, of course -- since Pressed Leaves is one of the StencilGirl stencils I designed.

  3. What a wonderful piece! Love how you always have so many different elements in your work.

  4. What a wonderful piece! Love how you always have so many different elements in your work.

  5. Wow! I love this. Thanks for the detailed directions!

  6. How cool seeing the layers build up Frieda!!


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