Seattle Coffee [Coffee Painting]

Seattle Coffee (c)
5×7 coffee painting of Ampersand Gessoboard.

This was my first experiment using coffee and acrylic mediums.  I think it came out decently enough for the first try.  I didn’t like the gloss medium as much as I thought I would.  I may try mixing both the gel and the gloss next time to see if I get more of what I was looking for.  I’m also not sure if I like the gessoboard or not.  It’s a very smooth surface with was nice for the first layer, but I found it difficult to work with for the top layers.  I’ll have to try it again and see.  I may need a canvas with more texture.

Anyway,  I wanted this to be a little bit more of a looser painting and have something to do with Seattle.  So, I thought of a cup spilling out into a cityscape of Seattle.  My first wash wash really watery, and when the drips happened I kind of went with it.  Seems to have added a nice little touch to it.  Some of them went a little longer than I wanted, but oh well.  It was a fun little practice piece, and I have some ideas for next time!

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Clock and Daisies [Coffee]

Sip of Coffee [Coffee]

New Coffee Painting Plans

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Apparently, I forgot my blog post yesterday.  Oops.  Anyway, I’m here to tell you about my new coffee painting plans since what I’m currently doing isn’t working out so well.  I do spray my paintings with a UV archival spray varnish by Golden, which does help, but they still fade.  The coffee lasts longer than the tea.  It’s because the acid in the coffee and tea reacts with the paper.  So I changed my current paintings in my store to $2 and $5.  That way you’re just paying for some of the supplies and shipping.

My next experiment will be using an acrylic binder and acrylic mediums on canvas and see what that does for the fading.  I’ll still continue with the inktense, but I also miss the texture from oil painting.  So maybe I can get it this way.  I probably won’t sell any until I know how the fading issue turns out, but I’ll share the finished photos with you.

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