Ink Made of Teabags

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Background of the Study
Tea is created by using the leaves of a plant known as Camellis sinensis. This plant is native to mainland China, South and Southeast Asia, but it is today cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is usually trimmed to below 2 m (6.6 ft) when cultivated for its leaves. It has a strong taproot. The flowers are yellow-white, 2.5-4cm (0.98-1.6 in) in diameter, with 7 to 8 petals.
Tea-drinking can be traced back to the 10thcentury BC in China before it was spread to Korea and Japan. Basically, this drink is made by brewing tea leaves to create an extract. Due to the chlorophylls and other pigments in the leaves, the extract commonly appears with a brown color.

Objectives
This research is being done to find out the potency of the extract of the leaves from the plant Camellis sinensis as an ink. Now days, ink is a pigment in a liquid or paste form used as colorants and dyes. Also, they are becoming more and more expensive because of their increasing purposes.
Our research aims to produce this ink as a cheaper alternative to those commercial ones. Compared to the ink we are aiming to create, commercially produced inks are toxic and can be hazardous to a person’s health once there is an inappropriate contact with it.To match with the color and consistency of other inks, we will be adding other substances, specially vinegar and cornstarch, which are common and easy to find. Statement of the Problem
Generally, this investigatory project aims to find out if tea bags can be used to create an ink. Specifically, it aims to answer the following questions:
1. Can vinegar strengthen the color of the product, ink?
2. Can cornstarch contribute to achieving the right consistency of the ink?
3. Are the processes boiling and straining efficient in taking the extract out of the tea bags?

Hypothesis of the Study
• Extracts taken from tea bags have the potential to be made into an

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