Coffee Art Paintings
Enjoy Drinking Coffee? Maybe You'd Enjoy Making Coffee Art Paintings Too!
Drinking and enjoying coffee is a pastime that people partake in all over the world. The aroma, flavor, color, and different drink concoctions are all part of the enjoyment of this delicious beverage. However, many people have begun exploring coffee as a medium to express there artistic side as well, creating paintings and other art work for home decorating or even going so far as having their work placed in art galleries. They've figured out a different way to put their automatic coffee espresso machine to another use.
History of coffee art painting:
As far as it is known, coffee art painting may have originated in the Thai area where using tea to paint with was popular. Over time it was used as well for its versatility. Though not easy to work with, painting with it seems to have been most popular with the Chinese since it was used to create brown backgrounds and hues on many of their paintings. Over time many other artists have picked up on this unique and different technique that creates amazing textures and shades only seen when using coffee as paint.
As an artistic medium:
The views on using coffee as an artistic medium vary. Each artist has found his own unique way of using it to create his paintings. One idea that does seem to be consistent is that working with it as paint is a bit more difficult than it sounds. Creating the right mixture between it and water can be difficult. If it is too thick and there is not enough water then it may not spread easily on the canvas or the color and texture may not be right. However, by the same token if it has too much water then it will be too runny or the shades and hues will not be correct. Also, depending on the artist, some do mix it with other watercolor paints to create further shades to paint with, giving them more options and variations in their paintings. This also creates new challenges while painting with it. Again, the texture and thickness changes with the paint, giving the artist new ways to experiment and create his art. Furthermore, coffee paint can mold and needs time to dry in a way most other paints do not. Many artists have found that a lacquer needs to be applied to preserve their work.
Not that painting with it is easy, but if you have an espresso coffee machine cappuccino that you are getting bored with, this just may be the artistic outlet you are looking for. Simply brewing the coffee and beginning to experiment with the way that it flows and moves is all it takes. Then you can always move onto trying different origins and roasts to create different colors and shades to paint with. Also, the canvas you choose to paint on and the brush you pick to paint with will also have an effect on your paintings. There are so many options available while experimenting with coffee painting. A professional automatic espresso machine is not needed even, just some imagination and a desire to take your favorite beverage and turn it into a work of art.
brewed on Nov 12th, 2008