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My Saturday Evening Post :) A Post-Post

7 Oct

β€œA play on words never needs any actors.”

― Anthony T.Hincks


As I suggested yesterday, I wanted to share a post on how I painted with coffee, and call it my Saturday Evening Post. I did some practicing, then created a step by step demo for my senior artist group. This was a good time to make an instruction video for anyone that might be interested. Also, a little humor and play on words would be fun.

So here is my Saturday Evening Post.

Actually, this is my broken fence post that had to get replaced. A broken fence post can be replaced, but a clever written post is irreplaceable.


I used a small 8×10 canvas and added different layers of liquid coffee. The first layer thinned with water, adding thicker coffee at the edges, then creating a border.

The butterfly shape was traced on watercolor paper, a light thinned coffee layer that allowed a wet-on-wet surface to drop in darker edges and dots to bleed and blend. The finer details were added as the paper dried.

I cut out the butterfly, bent the wings up, then glued only the long center body section to make a 3-D coffee painting.

My video…


Thanks for visiting my Saturday Evening Post.πŸ™‹

Friday:) Friends and Fun Painting With Coffee

6 Oct

“A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.”

~Hedy Lamarr


This afternoon was a fun day painting with my senior friends over at Towne Creek. I go over there the first Friday of the month. I used to go every Friday for over five years before I cut back. I can’t believe it’s already my eleventh year I’ve been volunteering there. Where does the time go?

My project for today was painting with coffee. I did a few test runs and example during the week to try and come up with some simple techniques. I even made a video, but I’m saving that for another post. Ha.. I just laughed to myself… perhaps I’ll save it for the “Saturday Evening Post.” I guess you have to be old to get the joke. A Norman Rockwell moment.

So, I did a quick demo on painting a small canvas with the coffee mixture, about a think ink consistency. Then, I let them chose what they wanted to add to it, painting on watercolor paper, then cutting it out and glueing with foam on the back for dimension. While the coffee paintings dried, we had our little feast of hot dogs, chips, onion dip, pasta salad, and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. When you’re working hard, you need nourishment and a short break.

We also worked on some smaller notecards. And Miss Kathy wanted to paint some pumpkins for Fall. So, we had a wide variety of projects going on.

Miss Kathy completed a canvas and three notecards. The two crosses are actually dimensional, and look pretty cool.

Miss Bonnie said she loved the smell of the coffee.

I painted a mountain scene when I saw a box of Kleenex on a table that had a cool picture along the sides, demonstrating that anything can be inspirational.

Basically, this is just an instant coffee and water mixture used instead of paint. Someone asked me how long I thought the coffee paintings would last, and I replied, “Art is very temporary. Enjoy it today, who knows what tomorrow will bring.” Very profound..right? It was a good day. Any day with art and friends and food and laughter, is a good day.

Friday:) Fun Painting With Coffee

21 Sep

“Chaos and clutter are very conducive to creativity.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.”

~Maurice de Vlaminck


Last week at the Art Club of McKinney meeting, we all played around with painting with coffee. Our guest artist was Modesto Aceves, who demonstrated some wonderful techniques. Seeing as I don’t drink coffee of have any at home, I gathered up some of the remaining samples and poured them into a little bottle. I vowed to practice and experiment when I got home, but, you know how that goes.

So, the other day, after hours of wasting time and fooling around on Facebook and emailing, I decided to put away the electronic demon devices and paint. I painted with the coffee I brought home, but then I had a brilliant idea. I could paint with beet juice. I love canned beets, so I opened a can, ate all the beets and saved the liquid for painting. I’m so resourceful!

The only BAD part about painting with coffee is, I don’t like the smell and the paintings continue to preserve their coffee smell. Oh, how I sacrifice for my art.

Here is my messy kitchen table. Chaos and clutter are very conducive to creativity.

This is the one I did at Art Club…

My first experiment was a coffee cup. Smells like coffee, too.

Then, I painted a bird using a stencil design. Note: the coffee bleeds under the stencil, so I had to touch it up, blending and adding to the antique look. I was trying to see if this would work for my senior art group.

I love crosses, so I painted a rustic cross.

I thought a flower would be nice. This is called the Coffee Cala lily. I just made that up…

I experimented with a small 8×10 canvas. The coffee did adhere to the canvas ok. The only negative drawback to painting with thicker coffee, although it leaves a beautiful shiny glimmer, it’s rather sticky. First I drew some designs with Elmer’s glue, let it dry, then brushed on the coffee, later outlyining with a thicker blend.

Last but not least, my experiment with beet juice. I realized that this particular can was pickled beets instead of plain. It had a little sugar and vinegar that made it a little sticky too. Not too bad though.

Thus was a day of playing and painting with weird stuff.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

14 Sep

“Coffee keeps me going until it’s time for wine.”



This morning was our September Art Club of McKinney meeting and workshop at the Heard Craig Carriage House. Our guest artist was the talented Modesto Aceves. The unusual and fascinating painting medium that this Dallas artist uses had us all ready for another cup of coffee. Yes, Modesto paints with coffee.

I dabbled with painting with coffee several years ago, but I played around a while, then deserted the idea. Learning some tips and tricks, and seeing all the wonderful examples that Mr. Aceves brought with him had us all intrigued.

We were supplied with paper and various strengths of coffee to practice painting with coffee.

Here’s my masterpiece. It was a lot of fun, and I don’t even like coffee.