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Quick and Easy – Coffee stains as paint

In 1824 Thomas Jefferson deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilised world.” In 2018, we challenged our Crew members to use coffee as a craft medium. What a crazy idea, right? Wrong! The results were amazing and you can see them in a series of posts on the blog. Today, we’d like to share a quick and highly effective ‘coffee stains’ journal cover by Lynda Lindley.

For this cover, I decided that I was going to try a technique I have wanted to do for a while – paint with coffee. I mixed some instant coffee with various amounts of water to create different colors to use on my project. I even died the trim on the edge of the cover with coffee. The centers of the flowers are given dimension from the actual instant coffee smashed into the wet coffee paint. I love how it all worked out!!!

Lynda used the following:
Tattered Angels Calendar Kit Paint System – Diamonds & Pearls

Architextures™ 6″x6″ Blank Journal – Sketch
7gypsies Mixed Media Junque Pack
Canvas Corp The Watering Can: Garden Sayings on Ivory Paper
Instant coffee
Gesso, liquid glue
Scissors, mason jar lid, paintbrushes

This was such a fun project…not to mention the cute book smells amazing!!!

Are you going to give it a go too? Let me know how it went in the comments.

Have a great Sunday!

– Lynda –
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'Quick and Easy – Coffee stains as paint' have 5 comments

  1. March 26, 2018 @ 6:12 am Jennifer Scull

    I love this! What a great idea to use the coffee as your painting medium. So much fun, and I bet the aroma truly is divine! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  2. March 26, 2018 @ 11:50 am Julia Cotrim

    Very creative journal cover! The center of the flowers is very cool!


  3. March 27, 2018 @ 12:47 pm Carolyn Servais

    I think this is an absolutely wonderful idea and to be truthful I have thought about doing this a long time ago. I am so happy to see that you tried it out. I plan to try it out one day when I have the time. How does it work on cards?


  4. March 28, 2018 @ 7:19 am Anne R

    What a fantastic use for coffee, your journal cover is beautiful!


  5. April 8, 2018 @ 3:43 pm Ruth

    Does tea work as well??


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