Coffee in conjunction to India ink can produce lovely art works.
Make strong coffee and when cold, brush the coffee on bond paper, water color paper or Strathmore board and apply several layers to build the shade of brown you desire.
The look will be one of water colors and the beauty of the coffee verses other edible liquids such as juices and wines is that it will leave neither pulp nor residue on your canvas.
When using paper for art work it might be wise to obtain acid free paper or museum board. These will keep the paper white for years to come and while there are different kinds of papers, alkaline paper can last 1000 years.
The bamboo artwork shown was not done on acid free paper so yellowing is occurring, but in this case it works.
Would you not rather tell a friend that your painting was done with gourmet coffee rather than water colors?
Green coffee beans can be roasted to perfection with a pop corn popper. The picture shows a Toastmaster pop corn popper, model TPC2.
Two minutes after insertion, the coffee beans should start popping.
Six minutes from the start the raw beans should be a shiny and greasy brown perfection. The longer the roast, the darker the beans.
Roast outdoors. The beans will make lots of smoke and the aroma should be shared with neighbors.
Careful, the beans could burn if left too long.
Bamboo hampers that we often use for soiled laundry provide wonderful mood lighting with a light bulb inside. Limit the wattage for fire prevention and of course a fluorescent bulb might be safer, less expensive to burn and offer a different lighting atmosphere. Use Christmas lights for color.
For fire prevention purposes stabilize the light bulb inside the hamper so that it does not touch any of the basket’s surfaces.
For a cord use the ones like for the Christmas tree that have a foot button. Hampers can be dyed with Rit Dye if desired.