DIY – 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.
You will need:
- Gemstone Template. Get it here – gemstone-template-adorablest
- 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 :
Print 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.
When 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.
With your cuticle pusher and ruler, draw over each line of the template, to transfer the graphite pencil on the back, onto the plywood.
Lift the page occasionally to see how the transfer process is progressing.
Mod 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.
Next, put a few granules of instant coffee on your ‘palette’.
Add 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.
Begin 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.
Making progress. Choose each triangle so you palm won’t accidently smudge it either.
Leave it to dry flat for at least 10 minutes, in case of any coffee drips. That’s it! Display your Coffee Gem Art.
I like the coffee painting leaning against the wall, but I’m thinking I might add some chain to hang it.