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Apparently, there are many different ways to keep a diary and this unique artist from New York, Ruby Silvious, has discovered an amazing one. While some of us tend to throw away used tea bags after finishing our tea, Silvious reuses them... as canvases for her miniature paintings.

"The used tea bag is not very attractive. But while you may see a soggy, stained tea bag, I see a blank canvas," the artist wrote earlier on Bored Panda. "The visual diary records my impression of the moment using the used tea bag as a medium, altered to create a new work of art every day. I draw, paint and collage moody, evocative and sometimes whimsical art on the used teabag paper."

Ruby Silvious began painting on tea bags in 2015 to push her creative practice and to share it on social media, hoping to spark a different kind of inspiration. "People have this notion of what traditional art should be. I think reimagining the discarded as art inspires new forms of creativity," claims Silvious. "I hope that people who view my art are changed in some way, perhaps with a renewed belief in the art of the possible."

More info: rubysilvious.com | Instagram | Facebook

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Wow... These are absolutely amazing. Not only are the paintings themselves beautiful, they’re on such a small canvas, and the fact that they’re teabags just makes it unusual and interesting!

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I love birch trees. They’re just so pretty to come across in the woods, and they look lovely in paintings.

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Phew. This is amazing. Also, of course, absolutely hilarious lol.

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    This lil painting is absolutely gorgeous. I can't imagine being this talented!

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I am imagining poppies on the fields of Flanders and having me a little cry. Again divine and ephemeral. Good art does move us.

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I'd would love an enlarged framed version of this to hang up in my home!

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    "I think reimagining the discarded as art inspires new forms of creativity" Agree. I like how they're picking up trash.

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Love the edges! All of these are amazing, you are so talented

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I was wondering when will I get to see some cherry blossoms! :)

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Funny how some paths could cross but don't. Lots to unpack here; love how deep this is

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I can hear them ! ( ok ok that's my imagination but still i can hear them )

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    These tiny paintings are incredible & on tea bags. Amazing❗️ See all 20 of them❣️

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Such skill. I have tried a little bit of painting, and getting those sharp edges exactly right is hard! and exactly the right shape

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