Starting a day with a cup of coffee is a ritual that inspires me to make even craziest ideas come true. A coffee stain on a napkin can lead to the curious thought of painting with coffee. So, I was excited with an offer to paint with coffee. I immediately thought of the iconic scene of Audrey Hepburn with a cup of coffee and croissant in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s. It embodies femininity and independence I’m pursuing in all my works.

Having challenged myself I dipped my paintbrushes into coffee. Coffee preparation makes all the difference. I tried painting with caffè americano, but didn‘t get the desired effect. Espresso made all the difference. It took only 2 cups of strong espresso for a painting measuring 100 x 70 cm. At first glance the painting looks like a watercolour. Layers upon layers of coffee give the painting a nice sepia effect with distinctive brown tones of various shades.

Painting with coffee does have more perks than just an interesting experience – there’s no afternoon slump, the energy is revved up until the end of the day. The painting, my paintbrushes and hands smelt of coffee for days afterwards.

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