Drinking coffee is a great pick-me-up, and coffee can be used to stimulate the mind when your brain needs a kickstart, but did you know coffee can be used like watercolor paint?
Coffee paintings only come in brown but the watercolor-y look of the paintings is quite nice, and coffee artists like Michael Aaron Williams have turned java into a fun new medium you can find in every breakfast joint.
Michael mixes a tiny bit of ink in with the coffee, to give it more permanence on the page, then he paints his (often predatory) subjects on antique paper in a style that's a cross between sumi-e and Rembrandt:
The Knoxville, Tennessee-based painter and street artist creates his artworks by painting coffee and a bit on ink (for the darkest shades) on century-old ledger paper, which he found in an old, rural Appalachian store that was closed for decades.
Talking about his paintings, Williams states, “the paper has an immense amount of character that can only come from the wears of time, and the coffee just melts into the history of the paper.” The motifs and fauna that inhabit the works also reveal his deep connection to his Appalachian heritage