Preface

I have chosen to write an e-book about coffee painting, first, because when I have started I didn’t find one and secondly, I received many requests from those who viewed my video on YouTube.

My e-book is based upon my experience on painting with coffee.

Being a free spirit, I've liked to find different ways to express my creativity. Among these ways I found that using different mediums in painting will be challenging and exciting. So, I used dark beer, red wine and of course, instant coffee. Coffee mixed with water matched best with my way of being.

I love coffee, not only as a beverage but also as medium in painting. Therefore, I’ve started to apply this medium on many surfaces using many techniques in my endeavors.

This text is intended to inspire and help you in expressing your inner feelings through art, by discovering this incredible medium. This will happen only if this will be your deeper choice.

A little bit about myself as an awakened human:

I am a curious spirit who love to search and discover more about myself, about life itself. My journey started in my childhood, when I found myself being somehow different from other children. My search have led me in this moment in my life, when I know why I am here on Earth, what the life is about, where I’ll go from here and more…

By knowing these kind of things made me return to me and acknowledge myself as the only responsible being for the way I live. What I think, what I believe all the day long, what I hold in my heart will create the next day, next year, and so on. We as humans have free will to choose what will happen in our life, but we forgot it.

So, you, as me and many humans on the Earth right now know that and can make conscious choices. Usually, we don’t like how others treat us and we want to make them to change. You/me can’t change anyone else. You/me can change only one person - you/me. People don’t like changes.

So, to make a long story short, I have written an e-book about making conscious choices entitled “Choices Guide”. A few more details about this e-book you’ll find at the end of this material.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 - COFFEE IN THE WORLD

CHAPTER 2 - ABOUT COFFEE PAINTING

CHAPTER 3 - SURFACES

CHAPTER 4 - BRUSHES AND OTHER ACCESORIES

CHAPTER 5 - WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES USEFUL IN COFFEE PAINTING

CHAPTER 6 - IT IS TIME TO PAINT TOGETHER

CHAPTER 7 - OTHER COFFEE PAINTING TECHNIQUES

CHAPTER 8 - FRAMING COFFEE PAINTINGS

CHAPTER 9 - TIPS AND TRICKS

CHAPTER 10 - Digital Manipulation of your paintings

CHAPTER 11 - Final Reflections

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ABOUT COFFEE AND COFFEE AS MEDIUM

Coffee mixed with water as medium

To explore other mediums and to express your creativity, one of the best and suitable options is to try to use coffee to paint with it on paper or on other surfaces. It is about using pure, natural coffee as medium. It is a water based medium. Take water and instant coffee, mix them, then take a brush and paint on a good quality paper. You, also, can poor the mix to make some shapes and then continue to follow your intuition.

Regular coffee is good by brewing it in your coffee maker. You can keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to paint.

If your coffee becomes too light, boil it in a saucepan for a couple minutes until it thickens up and gets darker. You can always add water while painting to make lighter values from it.

For a lot of children, one of the most favorite activities is coloring or painting, because they love to play. For them it is fun and it keeps them busy. I encourage you to cultivate your children or grandchildren creativity as often as you can. So, let them use it, because coffee isn’t toxic. However, as you already know coffee isn’t recommended for children. You may play and have fun together using coffee as medium to paint.

You’ll be surprised with the results in this endeavor, so don’t worry about some mistakes you could make at the beginning.

I’ll give you enough exercises and tips in this e-book to get you off to a good start.

Coffee painting is similar to watercolor, being a water based type of painting, like watercolors, acrylics etc. Coffee painting, also, can be viewed as a monochrome painting with all its challenges and advantages.

Usually, the monochrome painting is seen as black and white with various shades of grey in between or it can be done with any other color.

Your subject can be still life, a person, a landscape or whatever appeals to you. In our case we will use coffee diluted in water, because it gives several variations of value, from dark to light. Remember, with a little practice, it will become your second nature to select or adjust your values in coffee painting, as in a monochrome approach.

To create dimension, drama, texture and shapes use those light and dark values, as well as some of the techniques you’ll find here. To depict your subject, from the very beginning, try to use at least three values: light, medium and dark. Sometimes you’ll need more.

Start with the lighter value, applying the paint to the areas that correspond to the lighter of the subject. You have to go from light to dark. This is a golden rule in painting.

Having a little variation in the background works better for most subjects than a solid, flat mix. In some of my pop art paintings my backgrounds are not so varied. All it’s up to you.

Value is the relative difference of dark and light. Above you can see an example of a scale with coffee mix values. I’d like to suggest you to make your own scale, as an exercise. Play with it!

Now, we begin with its basics. Then you’ll learn and improvise using many coffee painting techniques and different styles. Practicing you’ll create your own style which will make you proud of yourself, of your endeavor. Don’t forget to have fun! Always, have fun!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein

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Available formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
Published: Jan. 20, 2014
Words: 13,320
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781310140686
Price: $3.99 USD

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Purchase Smashwords

Painting with Coffee Buy Smashwords  
Available formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
Published: Jan. 20, 2014
Words: 13,320
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781310140686
Price: $3.99 USD

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