Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tea for two...
I discovered I did not have the best color for some shadow areas, and could not find the colors to either order or blend well. So I resorted to my favorite 'fix' for this dilemma: I tea-stained (over-dyed) some of the two colors I needed to have shadow color for. The colors themselves were very close to what I need, but too bright. That is the best scenario for tea staining, as tea dulls that offensive brightness.
Good old black caffeinated Lipton works best for me. I have tried other brands, but they don't stain as well, and some rinse out. I have done this many times, and it is a permanent solution. It will not wash out, after it has been simmered a in strong tea solution for 20-30 minutes, then is allowed to cool, and rinsed well.
I once confessed to Yael Lurie that I do this, on occasion. She said it is a well established practice; that they have done it and that Jean Pierre's father's studio used to do it frequently. She said the same thing I had learned; that tea is a permanent stain/dye. That legitimized the practice, as far as I'm concerned! See the difference it made? The brighter colors that I started with are on the outside, and the stained, more subdued colors are hanging to dry between them. This will give me the perfect shades for those shadow areas!