“Coffee” is next, and this one is rather special to me, as I am quite passionate about it. Not only do I love the taste and admire the art of making a good coffee beverage, but it’s part of my job and has been ever since I was a teenager.
I started as a barista when I was 16 and stopped at 19 when I was in school and pursuing design internships at marketing firms. For a long time I left the coffee world and never thought I would return.
Now, as I’ve been making an effort to build my own legacy, I also found the process (working from home) to be rather solitary .. and an itch to get back behind the espresso bar ensued.
On a whim, I got right back to it on a part time basis and I’m so glad I did. I can’t drink much caffeine anymore because it does horrible things for my anxiety levels, but decaf is a wonderful thing – and it tastes so delicious!
So being that coffee is part of how I make a living and has been for a lot of my life, I knew I had to go hard and use a super-concentrated batch of coffee as “paint” in my crafting.
I tried a bunch of random techniques involving layering and building up texture with masking tape, which turned out to be a lot of fun. I really love how mixed media lends itself to happy accidents. I was so worried for a moment when at one point I thought I ruined my project, only to find out it was totally fixable. I’m really learning a lot with these tiny cards!
Can’t wait to see what the letter “D” will bring for next week’s challenge. I hope you’ll stick around to find out with me!
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