Coffee is more than just a beloved drink; it’s also a versatile medium that can be used to create stunning works of art! If you’ve landed on this post because you are wondering how the heck you can paint with coffee, keep reading!
In this blog post, I go over how to paint with coffee and techniques and tips for creating your own coffee-inspired masterpieces. So whether or not you’re an experienced artist or just looking for a fun activity, keep reading for this coffee art tutorial!
How To Paint With Coffee
Which Paper Is Used For Coffee Painting?
Before we start painting with coffee, let’s talk about an important part of the process, paper.
For your coffee painting, you’ll want to use a type of watercolor paper so your painting holds up. Since coffee painting is pretty much watercolor painting, you’ll need a paper that can withhold a lot of water and moisture.
My favorite budget-friendly watercolor paper is Canson XL Series.
What Kind Of Coffee Do You Use For Coffee Painting?
You can use regular coffee or instant coffee, whatever you have on hand!
Coffee Painting Supplies
- Coffee grounds or instant coffee
- Paintbrushes (whichever size you prefer)
- Watercolor paper
- Containers for mixing and diluting coffee
Preparing Your Coffee Paint
Brew a strong cup of coffee using coffee grounds or dissolve instant coffee in water. The concentration of coffee will determine the darkness of your paint.
To make my coffee paint, I used small glass dishes and poured instant coffee into them.
For the darkest shade, I put more instant coffee in and less for the lighter color. Pour water into the containers to create your paint. Stir until well mixed.
For lighter shades, dilute the coffee with more water. I only created two shades but you can create as many as you want!
Swatch Your Paint & Experiment
This is optional of course, but after making your paint it’s a good idea to swatch the different tones of coffee to see if you’re pleased with them. It’s also a good time to experiment before starting a painting.
You can experiment with different brush strokes, blending techniques, and dilution levels to get comfortable with the medium.
Plan Your Painting
Sketch your design lightly on paper if you wish to create a guideline for your painting. This exercise is fun to just experiment with on paper with no plan, but do whatever you are comfortable with!
Dip your paintbrush into the coffee and start applying it to your paper.
In my painting, I did a light wash on the background before starting the details of the painting.
You can create depth by layering coffee paint. Allow each layer to dry before adding the next one.
This part of the process is completely up to you! Paint something you love and get creative. I made a relaxing scene of misty trees.
Tips for Coffee Painting Success
As with anything when creating, practice makes perfect. Below are some tips on how to create stunning coffee art.
Play with Consistency: The concentration of your coffee paint will greatly affect your artwork. It may take a bit to find the perfect coffee-to-water mix to make your perfect paint.
Experiment with Texture: Use various tools like brushes, sponges, or even your fingers to create different textures and patterns in your coffee painting.
Be Patient: Let each layer of coffee paint dry thoroughly before adding more.
Embrace Imperfections: As with watercolors, coffee painting has a unique charm in its imperfections. Don’t be discouraged by mistakes or flaws as they just add character to your artwork. There is no such thing as perfect!
Coffee Art – Creating Art With Coffee!
I hope you enjoyed this blog about coffee art for beginners. There really is no right or wrong with this medium, and don’t worry about it being perfect, it’s supposed to be fun!
You might be surprised at the rich and aromatic world coffee painting opens up for you. So, grab your coffee supplies and start brewing your artistic journey today!
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you’ve tried this! I have created a bunch of mini paintings with coffee and it’s definitely a relaxing rainy-day activity. Plus, it smells delicious!