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Painting with Coffee by Gold-Seven Painting with Coffee by Gold-Seven
So here, as promised, is my coffee painting tutorial! I actually haven't found any on the web that went much further than "Make coffee. Paint." And there's so much interesting stuff going on with the medium, it's well worth investigating further! So, have fun!

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Background texture from [link]

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Note #1: Yes, it smells nice, but the smell soon evaporates. ;)

Note#2: Oh my God. Front page, and so many comments. :wow: Please forgive me if I don't manage to reply too soon! For questions regarding subject matter, printers and such, could I be so bold as to direct you to my FAQ on my blog? Thank you!

Note #3 Now a DD? You. Guys. Are. Bonkers. Thank you so much: ~Silenceheard and ^Elandria!
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Given 2012-08-16
[Stock & Resources] Painting with Coffee by =Gold-Seven The suggester states "=Gold-Seven does a wonderful job of explaining the basics of painting with coffee as a medium as well as what to expect, from how to care for your brushes to creating different textures. I would highly recommend this tutorial for anyone wishes to paint with coffee." ( Suggested by Silenceheard and Featured by Elandria )
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Pivz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student General Artist
beautiful & helpful! thank's so much!
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Akiania Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is going to help so much! I want to do a coffee painting, but didn't know if there was specific ways of doing it. This tutorial is definitely the best help I have ever found on the subject. As well as the only one mentioning how the brushes don't stay nice, which makes perfect sense when thought about.
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superfishie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
I was wondering do you use hot water or cold water to dissolve the coffee? (for painting that is not drinking)
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Arielle-Lavecchia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014   General Artist
hot water is never good for brushes...
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You can use cold, but you have to stir very fast in that case!
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MoirailZoned Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's lovely, but I must wonder what the long term affect is... After a few years how the image would look...
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It looks just fine. Unless you keep it in the basement during a flood. :(
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MoirailZoned Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
D: Has that happened??
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It has indeed. :( As of three weeks ago, this painting is no more.
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MoirailZoned Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh... I'm so sorry! :hug:
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Grokenos82 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always wondered if I should try coffee painting... This tutorial is fantastic! :)
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CougarsCatnip Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
WOW. Beautiful painting!
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ZannaCox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be the same with dark, black teas? Just curious.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it does! Just google for "tea painting", you can even paint with green tea, apparently.
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ZannaCox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been testing out some teas... they are still really golden.... I even put three sachets of English breakfast tea into hardly any water and its still too gold. I need something dark.... Any tips or advice you can spare?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, I've never painted with tea!
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ZannaCox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of coffee do you paint with?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I get the best results with instant coffee. 
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ZannaCox Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tried instant mocha coffee.... still too light!
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Kuroi-Koumori Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Painting with teas will always be lighter because there is less pigment. Try fermented teas like oolong or pureh. They can be expensive.
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Pereyga Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ich mochte das mit dem hellen Hintergrund eigentlich. Aber hm vielleicht hebt es sich so wirklich besser voneinander ab.
Und tolles Ergebnis und interessantes Tutorial.
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assommoir Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for this helpful tutorial! ;) (Wink) 
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annaindeed Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just divine~~ I love the results!
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OrganicFox Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
  Thank you for your tips!
I've heard from my teacher that coffee was a good medium, so I started research.
This helped me a lot with my final, thank you!
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Aquaridragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
That painting must smell REALLY good after painting xD

Great work, i want to try this kind of thing myself
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Jihaaado Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Wonderfull
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Energyzed Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...just...wow. I know I'm two years late on finding this, but I got curious about how to paint with coffee. While I'm horrible with painting mediums period I am definitely willing to try this out sometime! ;P I would also like to share it on my school's facebook page for other students to view if that's ok with you? I go to an art school in Colorado, and I'm sure others would love this as much as I did :D
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TamilaB Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! This is awesome <3
I have one question though, I have been using coffee a little and I just can't seem to be able to make it as dark as you. I don't have instant coffee so, maybe that's why? If you know anything that could help I would appreciate knowing hehe ^.^
Congratulations on the daylydeviation :3
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! The answer is definitely the instant coffee. ;) 
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TamilaB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay thank you! :3 I'll try it out as soon as I buy some ^.^
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DoomsdaySketch Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
This is the best thing I have ever seen! I have never heard of someone painting with coffee, and I want to try the idea out for myself now!
Thank you so much for this!
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Mizantroop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Your tutorial is clear, and the pictures are beautiful! Sure that I'll try this soon as I can!
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Sacra-Rhiannon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love coffee to make my art with words Never thought something like this could be possible, this is just amazing!!!! I love it!!
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Norowa-reta Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Uwielbiam ,kocham to mało powiedziane ,podziwiam Cie <3
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theOlven Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! I've just found myself returning to your coffee tutorial again and again. It's simply awesome! :)
I haven't tried it myself and I would love to but I'm afraid of the coffee simply fading from the paper over time since it's not lightfast and it's also quite acidic. I know coffee painting is all about the nice smell and passion for the thing but I was wondering, is there some hue in watercolors that would create similar wonderful tones? :)
Thanks in advance!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You'd have to use different colours and allow them to mix on the paper. A combination of Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Sepia ought to do the trick. But of course, coffee behaves differently from watercolours.
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Ljoewing Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
cool tutorial!!!
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RapunzelSkywalker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow! Can't believe you made THAT with COFFEE! that's so cool!! :happybounce: 
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SHer-5 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Bet it smells good
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PillowRabbit Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You, miss, are amazing.
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5Happy5 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! As a caffine addict I really want to try this, althought the chances of me putting my paintbrush into the coffee I'm drinking will increase loads, but it wont matter as much, cos it's coffee (I have no idea how many times I've got paint in my coffee!)
Thanks for the tutorial :D
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   General Artist
Coffee is not light-fast so a finished painting couldn't be hung on a wall. Is there anyway to make the finished painting last longer and become light-fast.

One of my commissions was painted with coffee, I went ahead and got a frame for it with the intention of putting it up on a wall. But.. it wont last for long will it? :noes:
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There are fixatives that enhance light-fastness, as well as UV-proof glass frames. I haven't trusted any of them so far - for commissions, I don't use fugitive media, period :) You might try one or both of these, though.
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   General Artist
:XD: I wish I had known about the light-fastness before I went to go frame it. :lol:  It was painted with more than just coffee so that might've helped. I contacted her to see what she used on it to fix it if she had and then I will go look about what I can get to fix it myself if not.  Thank you :D
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woody2252 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great!! Very helpful.
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Chimera-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student General Artist
this will be a great help! I'm thinking about doing a mixed media picture with coffee and pen. Hope it turns out the way I'm thinking. 
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LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for this, I've been looking for a how-to on how to paint with coffee. Every time I try it it comes out too light! Now I know I need to try the instant coffee variety. Thank you again--and a beautiful painting!!!
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luneri Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Wow, really interesting, and I feel to try this technique right away:)

Thank you for a great tutorial!

I wonder if it is possible to preserve the coffeepainting with the same spray that goes for the charcoal drawing.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Probably not the charcoal one, but there are watercolour fixatives that give some water-resistance as well as lightfastness. 
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PurpleValkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
amazing!
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