An Ode to Coffee -by Shelby

Lovelier than a thousand kisses,
Smoother than muscatel wine.
Coffee, I must have coffee,
And if anyone wants to give me a treat,
Ah! Just give me some coffee! - The Coffee Cantata J.S. Bach

Coffee. Or as we say where I come from, “cawffee” is more than just a morning ritual. Its intoxicating scent eases you into the start of the day. Rich and bold, it is a relaxing conclusion to the evening. It warms you up on a cold day or cools you down in a variety of disguises from iced to ice cream. It’s an excuse to meet and share time with friends. No matter how or where it is served, I love it!

Working on my next collage using the wonderful Halftone Dots stencils I moved on to my next new love: Mineral Paper. Sleek and smooth, made from rocks, I couldn’t wait to try it out with a variety of media. It took the acrylic paint I stenciled on like a dream. No buckling or wrinkling. I was left with a wonderfully smooth, flat surface.

But would the mineral paper hold up to something a more liquid? I reached for my ever present cup of coffee. I covered the sheet with a general wash. While drying, I sprinkled on both wet grounds and instant granules. The page performed just as described by the Yasutomo Company. No bending. No warping. Just a flat surface – as pristine as when removed from the pack.

I loved the way the paper responds to wet media, but I wanted to try just one more effect. When dry I spritzed the sheet in several areas with my spray water bottle. The mottled look was just what I was after. Again, when dry the Mineral Paper remained flat, smooth and ready to be scanned.

Of late I’ve been in a ‘50’s kind of mindset. I decided to add the image of the surprised woman. But what could she be thinking? Did she just make a fantastic discovery? Of course! It has to be the best things in life.  And what could be better than a reassuring rotation of Art, Sleep and our Daily Brew? Who wants to join me?

MATERIALS:

  • Artistcellar Halftone Dots Series Stencils
  • Hand cut stencils
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Mineral Paper
  • Coffee, Lots of Coffee: Brewed and Instant
  • Vintage Image
  • Drawing paper
  • DecoArt Metallic Acrylic paint: Teal, Amethyst, Plum, Soft Gold, Berry, Worn Penny
  • Reeves Metallic Gold, Rose Red, Copper, Silver



Lisa Cousineau
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6 Responses

Jackie P Neal
Jackie P Neal

May 14, 2016

Shel, I KNOW you made this one for me! heehee
What a great piece! Again using those new stencils-perfect match with the retro lady! And I know what she is thinking…her buzz just kicked in and she just thought of 100 new art designs she could make! heehee

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

May 13, 2016

Hi there Karen Elaine, I haven’t sent the mineral paper through the printer…yet. I used the paper for the coffee wash and with the different types/brands of acrylics. The final image is a digital file. Thanks for your question. When I do print on it, I will post the results on the Artistcellar Blog. :-)

Shelby Pizzarro
Shelby Pizzarro

May 13, 2016

Hi there Briana! Yes…Please DO join me! I was happy at the results. The paper took the coffee like a nic eink wash. Try it! I think you’ll like it too. Thanks for your comment. :-)

Briana
Briana

May 12, 2016

Super fun, Shelby! I’ve played with coffee in the past, but not for awhile. I have yet to try coffee on mineral paper! I love the phrase you chose, “Coffee, Art, Sleep, Repeat.” What fun! May I join you?

Karen Elaine
Karen Elaine

May 11, 2016

Shelby, what kind of printer did you use to print the image on mineral paper?

Karen Elaine
Karen Elaine

May 11, 2016

LOVE this Shelby! What kind of adhesive did you use to adhere the image?

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