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Tea Staining Tutorial | Around the Studio

I am gathering wardrobe pieces for my couture sessions. I got some pretty little things at the local second hand shop, a stark white bustier and a semi-lacey black top. The white bustier I bought with the intention of tea staining to give it a sweet, antique look. I was asking the lady who worked at the shop if she could show me any pretty nude color slips/bustier/lingerie items, and as I gathered she was looking for things in my size, I quickly added that they didn’t have to be in my size because they weren’t for me. She gave me a really odd “Ok”. Embarrassed, I quickly clarified that these were for photo shoots, and we had a good laugh. Anyway, tea staining is ridiculously easy and quick, and I love the results from using natural dyes. Below is a before and after of the bustier.

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The process: Thoroughly wash item. Submerge item in hot water. For one bustier, I used two quarts of water. Ensure the item is thoroughly soaked before you add any tea bags. I added six bags of Lipton tea to two quarts of water. Steep tea bags, ensure tea color is distributed evenly in the container. Move the item around to ensure even dyeing. The time you have your item in the tea depends on how dark you want it stained. I wanted to keep the bustier on the light side, so I kept it in there for 2 minutes. Drain tea and thoroughly wash item in cold water until it bleeds no more tea. Dry.

Maria Kim Tea Staining Tutorial-1

Disclaimer: Don’t burn yourself. Use gloves if necessary. Different teas will yield different colors. Lipton tea yielded a peachy color. If you leave your item in the tea for a longer time, I would keep an eye on it, stirring it often. Otherwise it could dye unevenly. Follow care instructions for your item. I used hot water because the tea steeps much quicker, but if your item is not compatible, use cold water.

Cherry and Jizell | Mother & Daughter Couture | Vancouver, BC

Cherry and Jizell were the recipients of my contest, thanks to Cherry’s cousin Senia. I think I can safely say that all of us had so much fun with this shoot. What’s not fun about getting some hair/makeup pampering done, dress changes, and a photo shoot? I loved how excited Cherry and Jizell were, they brought a whole suitcase and more of beautiful dresses and outfits. Jizell, who has a precious four year old soul, had been so excited for the shoot, she had apparently been talking about it non stop to everyone, even telling her school teacher. And let me tell you, that little girl has enough princess dresses to put any Disney princess to shame!

I loved getting to know these two and Senia. Cherry works long shifts as a nurse and also has her own cake business, CheNJezzy Cool Cakes, on the side. Let me tell you, she’s an incredible woman. She started her cake business, not even a year ago, and she already has an incredible portfolio of cakes. One weekend she completed an order of six cakes! Who does that?! Cherry. I was lucky enough to taste her cupcakes, and they are phenomenal! Totally wishing she had a bakery in Cambie, so I could grab a cupcake at whim.

I just want to finish by saying, that while I have many favorites from this shoot, I love the last photo I’ve posted here. It may be subtle, but I see a sensual and calm confidence in Cherry that only a woman can have, and I loooooove capturing that.

Hair & Makeup: Rocelyn Hodson

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