Ladies With Hats
Author: Veronica Donald
African Women painted with Coffee
I have always liked the idea of recycled art. Or trying anything that is different or unique.
So when my husband made a really strong batch of coffee I decided to see if I could paint with it.
Like so many ideas once I decided to try it, it never comes off just like how you want it to. I came across quite a few obstacles in which I had to be creative, one such problem was I found it difficult to get really dark colors. The first painting had very little color contrast and I was determine to create contrast in the next one. After that I made the coffee stronger, tried different brands, boiling the water out trying to make it more concentrated or leaving the coffee for a couple of days. A heads up if you leave it too long it gets moldy. I also had to do a lot of layering to create the really dark tones.
I wanted to make the painting more visually appealing especially since as the picture was monochromatic. So I created texture using the salt technique. If you look around my initial you can see white spots this was created by using salt when the coffee was wet then leaving it to dry and dusting it off after.
In this picture the dark area around her head was created by putting plastic on the painting while it was wet then removing it once the coffee dried
This is one of the first painting I did before I managed to get the process down. As you can see there is very little contrast in the painting.
If you decide to try it please leave me a message and let me know how it turned out.
Angels of Peace
Rare Sea-foam Beach Glass Angels
5 x 7 on Canvas Board
Beach Glass are found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass.
The color of beach glass is determined by its original source.
Most beach glass comes from bottles, but it can also come from jars, plates, windows, windshields, collect beach ceramics or pottery.
The most common colors of glass are kelly green, brown, and clear. These colors come from bottles used by companies that sell beer, juices, and soft drinks.
Seafoam Green – While the most common source for this lovely shade of light green glass was most likely an old Coco Cola bottle made in various parts of the world. The shades vary from a light sea foam green to yellow green to light aqua’s. Transport was difficult so many of these bottles were manufactured locally, hence the color variations in old coke bottles.
A lot of older white glass however, had a greenish tint and depending on thickness and whether bubbles are present, could be an old piece of rarer glass. New glass of this shade is still used for wine bottles.
White – Can come from just about anywhere from a new soda bottle to an old pane of glass. You can usually determine how old your white glass is by the thickness and any markings or bubbles. Many angular shapes of sea glass are white pieces (maybe because it was once window glass from a storm wrecked cottage or auto glass from off shore dumping and reef formation.)