Making Coffee Marks

I used to draw and illustrate quite a bit. It was a hobby I picked up after a relationship meltdown. Acquiring a new skill is one of my ways of coping with the post break up depression.

Problem with drawing is that it is a solo and quiet practice and I do need to get out more and socialize. There is no such a thing as work-life balance in an entrepreneur’s life. You only get to balance the works you like with the ones that you have to do. When you don’t find the time to nurture your desires to create art, it will find new ways to come out. One morning after I finished my french press coffee I left the mug upside down on the saucer before leaving. When I got home I saw this!

This is a recapture of he same mark after few days of drying it off. Also a better background. I am tempted to reproduce these on paper now #coffee

and here I got the idea that maybe I can create art with my morning coffee. It will only take a few seconds which works well with my schedule. So every morning I left my mug upside down on a drawing paper. I was prepared to see a lot of bad results. Mind you, these patterns are quite random. I was waiting to see those serendipitous results.

I don't know what to do with these now. They are taking over my kitchen #coffeeart

I started to play around with different consistencies of coffee grind. These patterns were quite fragile and I needed to find ways to fixate them. I noticed Faxative spray – which is used for protecting pencil drawings – worked reasonably well to protect the coffee patterns. I still managed to damage some of the patterns through the process.

Order emerges from chaos in the universe, nature, and daily life #coffeeart

This is one of my favourite patterns. It’s like the moment of big bang!

Hello, I am your morning coffee spirit #coffeeart

This is quite possibly the morning coffee spirit appearing to greet me.

Today's coffee mark. I couldn't possibly double mark this one. Minimalism won. #coffeeart

Overtime I learned to appreciate the more minimalist patterns with soft subtle edges and random dots.

Today's coffee mark #coffeeart

This may be a conceived embryo or a new universe at the moment of birth.

This might work for now #coffeeart

I was thinking of using shadow boxes to preserver the works. These patterns have been fixated and currently hanging on my coffee table. That is until I can find some frames with enough depth to contain them.