Saturday, February 27, 2016

Coffee Time in Venice

Never thought I would say this but, I just made a canvas using only coffee! Instant coffee, coffee beans, ground coffee, and coffee archival ink! Yeppers, and it smells delicious!!!!

I tried a couple of new techniques and had plenty of fun on this canvas journey. I started with watercolor paper (first time using this) and plopped and splattered on some instant coffee, spritzed it with water and then blew on the paper to get my drips! HUGE TIP-remember to breath during this and not get overexcited, I kinda got dizzy because I just kept going. Hahaha! I used this same technique on the canvas but ended up adding more coffee over the top and edging the canvas with Coffee Archival ink. 
The next step was to use some coffee grounds and DecoArt crackle glaze mixed together and smooshed through a stencil! My art studio smells divine! Yummy! Then I used the instant coffee and dipped a small coffee cup bottom into it and created the circles. The word Coffee was created with the bottom of the cup as well. I used the word Adore, because I adore coffee and am a cranky lady if I don't have any.
While this was drying I got to work on the spoon. I didn't have a silver spoon so I used one I found in my kitchen leftover from takeout. I smooshed some coffee grounds on the handle and into the top of the spoon and then added coffee beans to the lower portion. And finally I wrapped twine around the spoon for more texture. 


I found this lovely image that reminded me of good coffee times and knew I had to use it. My husband and I had our first date at a coffee shop. :) The chippies were left raw under the image and I layered some papers under the frame. I used a stitch stamp randomly around the edge. I really wanted to use my sewing machine but it didn't work out this time. Oops, I need a new needle. 

Then I poured some coffee beans out and glued the beans where they fell. I used some Liquitex Super Heavy Gel but it didn't work well so I had to go back over all the beans, one at a time with TomBow Multi! Talk about time consuming but it was worth it. I got the beans for free from my favorite coffee shop. Aren't they sweet (the baristas not the beans, but the beans are wonderful!) And of course I was drinking my favorite coffee drink, a Caramel Macchiato, while making this canvas! Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki

I couldn't have finished this canvas without the help of a dear friend, Sara, from Sara's Closet. Thank you for the nice text, it came at the perfect time! Cheers to puppy breath! and huge hugz to you muffin! One day we'll share a cup of coffee, well tea for you and coffee for me!


I would like to share a cup of coffee with these challenges:



I used everything!

Mixed Media World #11-Love is in the Air
I think my love for coffee is apparent with this design, it is also where my DH and I started our relationship and every year on our anniversary we go to our local coffee shop and order exactly what we ordered the first day we met. Aww!

Kort-O-Mania Challenge #147-Anything Goes



25 comments:

  1. First of all, let me tell you I can almost smell the coffee brewing when I look at this creative canvas! I am loving those coffee splats, and then the coffee grinds on top of that! My favorite! This reminds me of when Ethan spilled his iced tea in the car today, all over the upholstery! Secondly, it must be the puppy breath that helped you with your canvas, not my text, but your shout out really made me laugh mao! Great job using that coffee; I'm so happy you were able to enjoy a Caramel Macchiato while you made this! And it would be coffee for me, too, Punkin'! I love iced tea but coffee is the nectar of gods! Big hugs to you, Punkin!!

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  2. WOW! Coffee everywhere! As a coffee lover, I can certainly appreciate that! I can only imagine how good this canvas smells :)
    Hugs

    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  3. Wow, Niki, what a wonderful start of my day with a cup of coffee reading your wonderful 'coffee' post! Your canvas is absolutely amazing with all those splatters and smooshes and spritzing! It turned out beautifully, my friend! Bravo! Thank you so much for joining in our challenge at Stamps and Stencils! Big hugs to you! Branka DT xxx :)

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  4. Oh wow, this looks amazing! Although I must admit to being a tea person, rather than a coffee person, I'd hang this on my wall in an instant! Gorgeous. x

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  5. OK, I have never seen anything like this before Doc!! I've been coffee dying some pages for a junk journal, but this goes above and beyond anything coffee related I've seen!! Holy smackeroonies, how do you come up with this stuff!! You are a creative genius, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole idea and how it came together!! I'm glad you mentioned that it smells lovely because that was my first thought. It's just brilliant my friend. Well freaking done! hugs :)

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  6. It's gorgeous and I bet it smells divine too. It's very clever and very cute!
    If you are in to using ingredients in our home if you have tea bags/tea leaves or lemon juice you can have a lot of fun with them too lol! Karen xx

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  7. Oh wow Niki, this is fabulous - I am not a coffee lover but I think I should invest in some if you can get results like this! You are so, so clever, it is a masterpiece!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  8. A fantastic piece of art, love all the coffee related ideas.

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  9. This is stunning! You've definitely got me craving a second latte already today. YUM! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talents with us. I'm so grateful to have you play along in our challenge, and hope that you will stop by again to link up real soon.
    Have a blessed week! Thanks again for sharing.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

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  10. I adore your canvas plus the fact that you and your DH began your relationship over coffee...what memories!!

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  11. This is an amazing piece of art with so many textures. Thank you so much for joining our 220th challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Your creation is inspiring and very beautiful. Blessings, Carole

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  12. Girl, you are sending me over the edge with all this beautiful coffee art!! I can only imagine how fantabulous your studio smells with all this lovely material!! And LOVE What you have done with it all....so clever, lady! I only drink decaf but nonetheless am enthralled by your work here!! Whoooo hooooo! (I think that is the vicarious caffeine but so deserved, lol!) xxx Lynn

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  13. Oh my gosh, Niki! You totally nailed this! I love the giant splats of coffee! And that you adhered grinds and beans is amazing! Such a great focal image! I am so inspired and can't wait to play with this challenge. Big hugs, Autumn

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  14. Fabulous, such a great design
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

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  15. yummy work - love what you have done - great colours and texture - fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and stencils this month! Hugs rachel x

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  16. Yes! I can smell it! And I can't believe you... so creative to write COFFEE with the cup.

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  17. This is so inventive Niki, absolutely love it! Deb xo

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  18. Oh Niki, I am so glad I came back and got to drool over the details of this piece yet again! Wanted to say thanks so much for sharing this with us at Stamps & Stencils. <3 Autumn

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  19. I love it. Thanks for playing with Mixed Media Place Creative Gym

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  20. Absolutely wonderful! Love the coffee splatters! Such a cool effect! Thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid X

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  21. WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! I am totally blown away by your stunning project. It's gorgeous. Creative. Totally out of the box thinking. Bravo!! So incredibly delighted you joined us at MMW and we hope you will join in our next challenge as well.
    With smiles
    Laine Kammeraad
    MMW

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  22. Nice touches of coffee! We would eat your creation!!!

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  23. It is wonderful!!! Thanks for playing with Mixed Media Place!

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  24. Oh huni, this is super cool! You make coffee look amazing xx

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  25. Super ! Thank Yoou for playing at Mixed Media Place Creative Gym, Regards - Marta

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