I Used 2 Coffee Cups To Bring Audrey Hepburn To Life On Paper
Starting a day with a cup of coffee is a ritual that inspires me to make even craziest ideas come true. A coffee stain on a napkin can lead to the curious thought of coffee painting. I was so excited with an offer to paint with coffee. I immediately thought of the iconic scene of Audrey Hepburn with a cup of coffee and croissant in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s. It embodies femininity and independence I’m pursuing in all my works.
Having challenged myself I dipped my paintbrushes into coffee. Coffee preparation makes all the difference. I tried painting with caffè americano, but didn‘t get the desired effect. Espresso made all the difference. It took only 2 cups of strong espresso for a painting measuring 100 x 70 cm. At first glance the painting looks like a watercolour. Layers upon layers of coffee give the painting a nice sepia effect with distinctive brown tones of various shades.
Painting with coffee does have more perks than just an interesting experience – there’s no afternoon slump, the energy is revved up until the end of the day. The painting, my paintbrushes and hands smelt of coffee for days afterwards.
Project was commissioned by Paulig Coffee Lithuania