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4 Times Coffee and Art Were One

For many, creativity is fueled by inspiration. For others, it's fueled by caffeine. A warm cup of coffee in the morning gets the mind going and the creative juices flowing. So what are you waiting for? Sip on your favorite brew and grab a paint brush. The end result is sure to be something beautiful - just look at all of the ways coffee and art are intertwined.

1. Mug Artwork
Take a glance at your go-to coffee mug. Chances are, it's not just a standard white cup - and if it is, here are some fun, easy ways to change that. It likely has some sort of interesting design or holds significance in some way. Maybe it has your name on it, or it shows a portrait of the beach you went to on vacation a few years back. Some mugs even have famous paintings on them, furthering the notion that coffee lovers take their mug artwork very, very seriously.

Draw a fun design in your coffee.Draw a fun design in your coffee.

2. Coffee Artwork
The artwork doesn't just end on the mug. People sometimes jazz up what's inside with designs of their own. If you don't already know, froth makes one of the best canvases. Next time you prepare a latte or cappuccino, try doodling with a toothpick or chocolate syrup. It'll make your drink that much more enjoyable. Plus, you'll be able to brag to all of your friends about how creative you are.

3. Paintings of Coffee
Why bother painting a portrait of your loved one when you can draw something that's been there for you for much longer? Since it's such a beloved substance, it makes perfect sense that coffee is the muse for countless painters. In fact, there are many famous paintings that have been redone to include a cup of coffee. Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," Auguste Rodin's The Thinker and other artwork was all recreated to feature the subjects holding a steaming cup of java.

Some artists paint with coffee.Some artists paint with coffee.

4. Paintings With Coffee
Other artists actually skip the paint altogether and tap into their coffee to produce some of their best artwork. The warm, brown hues make for an interesting color palette that give the portraits an old-fashioned vibe. Artists like Karen Eland, Angel Sarkela-Saur and Andrew Saur use the drink in their paintings and found a way to layer it onto the canvas to show depth and other fine details.