We’ve seen artists create amazing works on Starbucks coffee cups, so it’s only natural that we’d stumble upon a new artist illustrating pieces using the coffee itself, right? UK-based commercial artist Maria A. Aristidou is making some pretty incredible watercolor paintings using only water paint paper and different coffee blends.
If you love coffee and art as much as we do, then you’ll surely love these detailed coffee paintings, which feature a range of subjects. Inspired by cartoon and film icons like Mickey Mouse and Yoda, infamous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, elegant animals like African elephants, classic children’s book illustrations like Peter Rabbit, and more, Aristidou has pulled together an array of iconic imagery for us to enjoy.
Primarily shared through her social media accounts over the past year, she’s created quite a following as others have tuned in to her unique portrayal of notable figures through coffee and a paint brush. Over at Bored Panda, Aristidou writes that she discovered the process of painting with coffee entirely by accident:
“I made the first illustration by accident. Now I mostly create things and figures that I love, which makes painting them much more fun and challenging in order to get the right shape and shade.”
Depending on the subject, she might dip her brush in around 5 different brews for a complete palette of shades. Her richly detailed paintings would be impressive even with normal watercolor paint, but these works are even more incredible when you consider she’s making it with the stuff we like to chug on a regular basis. They’re definitely worth a look!
Check out this timelapse video of her working on the painting of Yoda:
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