DIY – Coffee Painting : Faceted Gemstone On Plywood

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone tutorial adorablestDIY – Coffee Painting : Faceted Gemstone on Plywood. This faceted gemstone is easy, even for the non-artist (like me)! The template for the gemstone is supplied so all you’ll need are some simple supplies from the hardware store, your craft drawer and the kitchen cupboard.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone supplies You will need:

  • Plywood. Mine was approx. 30 x 40cm. A piece to fit the template.
  • Pencil. I used a 4B. HB will suffice, 2B better, 4B or 6B best.
  • Ruler. For measuring and drawing straight lines.
  • Paintbrushes. Nothing fancy needed.
  • Washi Tape. Best for re-positioning if you need to.
  • Mod Podge. Matte kind.
  • Palette. Something to mix your coffee in. A plate is fine too.
  • Instant Coffee. I used Moccona brand if you want to know.
  • Cuticle Pusher. Or similar.

You will also need (not pictured):

  • Tissues and water.

How to :

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone graphite transferPrint out the template, flip over and ‘colour-in’ with your pencil. ie. the old-fashioned tracing method. If you have graphite transfer paper, great use that. I don’t have any and it’s $40 to buy 🙁 Put on some music to scribble in rhythm to and it will be done in no time.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone pencil transferWhen you’ve completed all the ‘colouring’, flip it back the right way around, center it on the ply and hold it in place with washi tape.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone tracingWith your cuticle pusher and ruler, draw over each line of the template, to transfer the graphite pencil on the back, onto the plywood.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone graphite transfer progessLift the page occasionally to see how the transfer process is progressing.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone mod podge sealingMod Podge. This is an important step – Do not skip it! I tried without it and the coffee bled into the grain of the plywood and looked terrible. Squirt a little, then rub with your fingers into the areas where you will be painting, paying attention to cover.

Keep doing in batches until the whole area is ‘sealed’. Doing it in smaller batches allows you to get a thin even layer of Mod Podge, rather than trying to do the whole area with a giant blob. Also doing it with your hands allows you to really fill in the grain of the plywood. Leave to dry for at least 20 minutes.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone paletteNext, put a few granules of instant coffee on your ‘palette’.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone mixingAdd the tiniest drops of water. Add less water for a stronger colour. Leave some granules whole so you can get a really deep colour when you need to.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone outlineBegin by outlining one triangle, then filling in. Mix different strengths of coffee to create varying effects. I am NOT an artist, so anyone should be able to do this! Just have a steady hand, but if you do make a mistake, quickly blot it off with a tissue.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone trianglesMaking progress. Choose each triangle so you palm won’t accidently smudge it either.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstoneLeave it to dry flat for at least 10 minutes, in case of any coffee drips. That’s it! Display your Coffee Gem Art.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone flatlaydiy coffee painting faceted gemstone displaydiy coffee painting faceted gemstone vignette foxI like the coffee painting leaning against the wall, but I’m thinking I might add some chain to hang it.


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  • Reply Barbara September 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

    This turned out beautifully. That fox in the corner is so cute! I like the touch of the necklace and of course the plant too!

    • Reply Adorablest September 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Thank You! I’m not a good ‘drawer’, so these straight lines worked out for me 🙂

  • Reply Alexis October 6, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Super pretty, Claire! I love it!

    • Reply Adorablest October 6, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Thank You Alexis! I will try sealing on a scrap piece of ply to see how it handles, Many Thanks 🙂

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