These videos show the process of making the work from start to finish:
As you can see, the coffee is applied in a very similar way to that of watercolor painting. The ink is used only for the darkest darks and is used sparingly.
The paper I use for my coffee paintings is actually ledgers from the late 1800s and early 1900s. My art focuses on connecting with people and I think relics of the past assist in drawing the viewer in. They contain so much history. A lot of my work focuses on the ephemerality of people and culture, and I think the paper reflects our own history through those that have come before us. When reading the ledgers you are peering into the daily lives of people long past. Since these ledgers are from my great great grandparents’ store, I feel like I am personally connecting with them through these artworks.
Through experimentation I found that the best paint to use for working on antique paper wasn’t paint at all, but strongly brewed coffee. The coffee just melted into the history of the paper in a way that paint could not.