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Zim artist puts Rooibos on the global art stage

Jeanne-Marie Webb bedazzled art-lovers from far-flung places with her delicate paintings on none other than rooibos teabags.

The painting that launched Jeanne-Marie Webb's journey into rooibos teabag art. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwean-born artist Jeanne-Marie Webb has put rooibos on the global art centre stage.

The concept behind her year-long 'One Face a Day' project, which was recently exhibited in the Cape Town, started a few years ago when she searched tirelessly for the perfect miniature substrate for her paintings.

“I happened to stumble upon a tattered old rooibos teabag one night while rummaging through one of my old paper boxes, and I thought, why not? It proved to be the perfect canvas for what I had in mind and I absolutely love the concept of creating unique pieces of art on a teabag,” says Webb.

She bedazzled art-lovers from far-flung places with her delicate paintings on none other than rooibos teabags.

Through the years, she’s tested various teabags, but it’s the red residue on rooibos teabags, when mixed with a primer, that results in the perfect skin-tone for her portraits.

Webb has also been invited to visit the US later this year to share her process of painting on rooibos teabags with various studios.

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