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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Alia G. 1 year ago

ha ha, now i’m craving chai

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Sop Hie 1 year ago

ah she has good taste in choc too

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Alia G. 1 year ago

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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Alia G. 1 year ago

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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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

For all things furry and ameowzing!

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Erin Ordway 1 year ago

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

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Mary Nelson 1 year ago

Keep your love shinning bright

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

Serenity <3

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Erin Ordway 1 year ago

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

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

One could write a beautiful story on this!

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Magpie 1 year ago

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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Ana T. 1 year ago

"you passed by me, with great indifference"

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Erin Ordway 1 year ago

I don't even have words for this one. Wow.

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Corinne Leonhart-Mccabe 1 year ago

should be frame all together as a colage

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

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

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DeAnna Anderson 1 year ago

If they were not so delicate, they would make great bookmarks.

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Morgiana 1 year ago

"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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GalaxyInAJar 1 year ago

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

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Erin Ordway 1 year ago

This one is incredibly nifty.

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Connie Martin 1 year ago

Sweet!

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

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

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Connie Martin 1 year ago

How is this even possible ?? Breathtaking

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Patricia Self 1 year ago

Japanese art to a "t," just perfect.

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

utterly beautiful in its simplicity

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

...and on eggshells, too! Awesome.

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

Her embellishments are so delicate and ephemeral...perfection!

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

high wind advisory...

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DeAnna Anderson 1 year ago

Just stunning work.

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Birdgirl45 1 year ago

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

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

Kitty!

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The Zen Panda 1 year ago

Love this one🌷🌷🌷

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Magpie 1 year ago

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

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

haven't tried a KitKat bar with Constant Comment...but I will now!

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Gail McNamara 1 year ago

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

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

delightful

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Magpie 1 year ago

Beautiful Van Gogh reference.

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

oh my....oh ...just oh

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Linda Hobart 1 year ago

Charming

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Magpie 1 year ago

Also great respect for your cutting skills !

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Nakshtra Mehta 1 year ago

LOL the teabag brand name though

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Kimberly Robinson 1 year ago

This is gorgeous. Best thing to come out of ShopRite, for sure!

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Connie Martin 1 year ago

Wow!

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Magpie 1 year ago

hehehehe :D

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 year ago

...self-portrait?

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Magpie 1 year ago

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