Yes, you can paint with coffee. They lay extremely well on watercolor paper.And it can make your workspace smell like you’re in coffee heaven.At least till the painting dries that is!Read all on how to paint deliciously by following this coffee painting tutorial.

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Ah! The fresh smell of morning coffee. A whiff and a sip is enough to brighten my day. (Cheesy much!)I’m sure it’s the same for many of you coffee lovers too.Now suppose I say you can paint with them too? Wouldn’t that be absolutely amazing?Coffee gives a dark,rich brown hue that can produce beautiful monochromatic paintings. The techniques are quite similar to that of watercolors.So,for people who are familiar with watercolors, this will come quite easy.In this coffee painting tutorial,I’m going to help you understand a few techniques.I’ve also included a simple tutorial of a fairly simple leaf.

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The materials required for the coffee painting tutorial are

  1. Winsor & Newton postcards watercolor paper
  2. Palette
  3. Watercolor brushes
  4. Pencil
  5. Water
  6. Instant coffee

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Step 1:Drop some instant coffee powder on to a palette.By using a dropper,moisten the coffee powder.I used instant coffee powder because they were cheaper and I didn’t want to waste my precious espresso grind.Wait for the coffee to dissolve and mix well with a brush.

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Step 2:To bring out a dark hue,mix the coffee powder with as little water as possible.The amount of powder should not be more than that of water.This will give a beautiful dark brown color.For the medium hue, dilute with some more water. Again for the light hue, add in some more water. You will see that I’ve shown the three swatches in the image below. I’ve done this so that you have an idea of how varying the amount of water can bring out the different shades of brown.Now that you’ve learn this simple technique, let’s get on with the tutorial.

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Step 3:Take a watercolor paper. Stick it on to your worktable using painter’s tape.I’ve done this so that paper doesn’t warm or buckle.Get ready to paint!

coffee painting tutorial by Inkstruck Studio

Step 4:We are going to use the “wet in wet technique” to create the background.First lay down a light hue of coffee paint on your paper. While the paint is still wet, drop in more blobs of coffee paint.Do this randomly until you get a beautiful non-tactile texture that forms your background.This actually reminds of old parchment paper. I think it would look lovely as a map as well.

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Step 5:Wait for the paint to dry. Draw the outline of a simple leaf in pencil very lightly.Using the medium hue, paint the leaf.Since the leaf is dry,leave spaces to show the torn areas.

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Step 6:Painting the veins. Using the dark hue, draw thin veins extending from the center.Don’t paint a dark line all through. Lighten the veins as it reaches the end.This is to show naturality. Paint smaller veins extending out from the main veins.Make sure the smaller veins are less prominent than the main ones.

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Step 7:Take some clean water on a detail brush.Paint above the main vein.What this does is that it highlights the vein showing prominence. Water easily dilutes the coffee paint leaving it lighter wherever applied.Do the same for all the others.

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Step 8:Paint with coffee at random places in the leaf to show texture.This helps to make it more realistic. Make sure you paint a bit darker around the places which are torn.And there you have it!You’ve just created your first painting by following this coffee painting tutorial.

coffee painting tutorial by Inkstruck Studio

 What do you think?

Who knew you could make fabulous looking paintings with coffee isn’t it?How did you like this tutorial? Would you like to see another tutorial using some other techniques with coffee?Let me know so that I can whip one up.

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