I am excited to join this group and post
a new topic. I use natural coffee to paint and I can say this is an
excellent medium. It's challenging to work with it, in the same time.
It could be useful to add pure, natural coffee as a pigment!
if there is anyone interested in it I can add a demo.
Coffeeart, love this painting. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Margo! Thank you for your nice words! Much appreciated!
Tea is great fun too - makes a lovely, rich looking wash - handy when I am out and about with a sketch pad and no colors handy - just get some tea!! See, you CAN play with your food!
Deborah and All—
All this is very sitmulating! Although, it would probably be a good idea to check the coffee cans and tea bags to see how light fast the stuff is. We've needed an earth color with some gusto ever since they started selling us decaffeinated burnt umber.
I understand dirty water works well also. John Pike used to use it on occasion and Dong Kingman worked with dirty water quite often. The story is that Kingman used an old mayonnaise jar for his water and seldom bothered to rinse it out. So, if dirty water works, why not coffee or tea?
I've had Pepsi on a few ad layouts through the years. In fact, it dries to a nice tan color. However, that was commercial stuff and we didn't bother to worry about the archival qualities of our work—just the deadlines.
decaf burnt umber... I knew something was up
Hi, this is the first post I read when I enter the forum for the first time; it's such a coincidence that lately I've been experimenting with coffee and wine and this is the first thing that comes up. Beautiful paintings coffeeart.
My works are more loose, as what I do is sketching on location, so they are small, fast and less formal. I still haven't found the perfect mix as to do the very dark, almost black tones you get. Also, as I'm sketching on location, what I do is that I purchase an espresso from a local coffee shop to do the first washes and the medium tones. I use a tub of clear water and a tub of the overdone instant coffee I bring from home. Here is a link to some of my coffee sketches: http://sketchfullyyours.com/category/coffee
Now that I see the rich tones you are achieving I'll try it again soon. Thanks for sharing.
Happy New Year and beautiful creations to all! Thank you for your lovely words.
Here are some of my coffee painting:
and here is one of my tutorial:
I may be too late, but YES, let's see a demo
Hope you'll enjoy it!