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Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you’re well aware of the beverage’s staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. “I was working on another commission using watercolors, when all the sudden, I spilled all over the drawing,” she says.

Rather than trying to wipe up the mess, she took a moment to look. “The accidental spill, the shade of coffee, and how it got absorbed in the paper fascinated me.”

Since then, she’s continued painting entire images out of coffee. Aristidou feels that she has more control painting with coffee than, say, with a brown watercolor paint.

Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

Photo credit: Courtesy of Maria Aristidou