When I was at uni, studying New Media Art (like 10 years ago before committing to painting), I needed an outlet that didn’t involve “screen time”. I found myself spending way too much time on my phone and laptop, it wasn’t healthy!
Since I can remember, I’ve always been creative, so I thought to myself, maybe I could reconnect and bring out the paints again. One morning I did just that, I set up my paper, picked a few watercolours, a brush, and sat down with my cuppa coffee. I was way too excited and put my coffee down too quick and spilt it on my fresh sheet of paper. I was off to a terrible start! Just as I was going to grab another piece of paper, I started to see something take shape in the coffee, an owl. I started to see something take shape and I thought this could be interesting. I picked up my brush and started to move the coffee around the paper to shape an owl. When it dried, I outlined the owl with a marker. So that was the beginning of Owlet Outlet.
It’s been a little while since my tea and coffee art, I’ve now explored endless mediums, mainly acrylics and spray paint, because I love painting big!
However, after recent changes in lifestyle, my “screen time” has increased again... But unlike some, I feel super grateful to be able to express my creativity. I understand some people don’t have the materials to make art or don’t know where to start.
I feel empowered to encourage you to reconnect and express yourself through art. I think we have all wanted to paint a picture at some point in our life, that time is now! So I have created a series of workshops to get your creative juices flowing, using materials like acrylics and tea and coffee because I know for a fact that everyone has at least a tea bag or some coffee in the cupboard. I will take you through a step by step process, on how to create and complete an artwork that’ll be ready to hang on your wall.
We all need to use this time as an opportunity, a time to be present, to reconnect and make beautiful things. Now is the time to do all those things that we say that we don’t have time for.
Side note, you can learn how to paint with coffee in my workshop here!