Picture of Great Artist Warm Up Exercise
This is a method that I kinda stumbled onto. I am a very messy person and always always spill things and so I made this up to utilized the many ruined sketch book pages i have amounted.  This is a great way to break though your morning fog and get drawing. It loosens you up and gets your mind thinking creatively you have to do very little to start it.  Sometimes the blank page can be your most daunting obstacle.  So here we go.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Sketch book.
Cup of coffee.
Spoon or stirrer or finger.

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I'm going to try this right now. I've used tea and coffee in other drawings, but never like this. Thank you!
This is SWEET! I hate blank pages:[[
Not a huge fan of Minimalism are you? I am when I'm doing car body work.
It's almost impossible to be a minamilist while sketching :D Im paranoid about tidy pages... but looove it when drawings r' messy but still look cool, or i have like a whole page full of random doodles with barely a trace of graphite-less paper left :)))
That's how I sketch, but usually only in ink. I find it's much more freeing that way.
lol its just that I usually dont have an idea and the paper is like taunting me. 'll stare at it for an hour before I have a idea
popocops5 years ago
The first time I tried airbrushing I did something similar-really nice effect!
TheClock5 years ago
Very interesting and cool. Good job.
maltice5 years ago
I do love this. I use to do this with crumpled up paper. Just crumple it up, then uncrumple it. You'll find hidden pictures just like you find in clouds! Or spilled coffee splotches =) Or diet cherry cola. I do love that one.
bbwalls5 years ago
LOVE IT.  I looked all through your website too...and I love your work, especially the photos.
pfred25 years ago
Now didn't I leave a comment here with an attachment? Where is is?
Ooh, very cool! I'm definitely going to have to try that sometime. :]
ROCAMADOUR5 years ago
Very nice ! :- )
lmadler5 years ago
Wonderful. I will try that in the morning with my cup of jo. I love it, what an inspiring idea.
bfly9115 years ago
That is a great idea :)  Thanks!
tecteach5 years ago
 I'm a teacher and always thankful for people like you! For many many reasons this excercise is wonderful! 
Ruina5 years ago
smbarne5 years ago
Delightful idea.  I think I might put a paper towel below the pages to make sure the coffee doesn't stain through to multiple pages though.
Zetheros5 years ago
Aww, I thought this was an Instructable about warming up one's hands for better sketching performance.

Good idea though!
Aqu5 years ago
The world needs more of this kind of Instructable. We see shapes even in random formations, which is a perfect way of killing artist's block! Genius. Thank you.
pfred2 Aqu5 years ago
Sometimes a stain is just a stain.
if that is what you see.
dragonember5 years ago
cool instructable!

nicolasjara5 years ago
Me gusta. ¡Es bueno!
Aqu5 years ago
You're the first instructable-er to not include a warning that putting your finger in a scalding hot cuppa may hurt. I salute you.
Andyjonescreative (author) 5 years ago
okay so dont forget that this is a " warm up" not a method for finished art.  Also forgot to mention to always listen to music while you are creating.  Thanks everyone for so much support and keep drawing!!!!

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quantumz5 years ago
This is great. I used to draw the little shapes and shadows that I could pick out of my walls from the drywall treatment and see what they would turn into.

Do you have much trouble with it soaking through multiple pages?
You use the proper 'sketchbook' version, right?
With thicker pages.

I'll try this out on the regular notebook variety, but if it soaks through all my pages you owe me two new notebooks! (one for the pain and suffering of losing my sketchbook.) :P
Count in my cheesecloth wallpaper when I was a kid, the stains on napkins when I started drinking coffee, and now add in a new one from just recently when I had to go get my sketchbook and sit on the bathroom floor to copy out all the dreamy hybrid animals I discovered wandering through the designs of the fake-marble pattern linoleum when I got up half-asleep to go pee in the middle of the night...!
We had that same wall cover at our house when I was little.  It had foxes and raccoons esp.  didn't it? 
shyamiko5 years ago
I've done this with extra concentrated watercolor and paint we had in art class. I took a composition notebook and added a little splotch to every page before closing them, it's great! everytime i want to doodle I rip out a page and go to town. I might even make an instructable... hmm, should I?
cbergquistf5 years ago
Strong tea works -- and diet cherry cola makes a great color.  Here is quick sketch I did with a model using just a splash of watercolor to get me started.
pooja_bhatt5 years ago
wohhh.. this seems interesting.. i'll try it for sure!! :D
gizmology5 years ago
I do this a lot with watercolors -- random-splashing to start out if I'm not feeling inspired -- but such a great idea with the coffee!

But my reason for commenting is to say that I would love to see a Step 4 showing what you did with those particular coffee splashes from Step 3! :)
Crabby5 years ago
    This is a great idea. The morning is the best time to exercise the mind and if you don't like coffee, tea and some types of juice would work as well. I have several scrap notebooks made from unused news paper rolls, the liquid bleeds through but I can prevent that by placing cardboard between the pages, I rather enjoy the change of pattern as it bleeds through several pages giving me a great variety of shapes and tones to experiment with.
    If you love to draw then I think you should try this great idea.
Mehehehful5 years ago
I love this, but did you do something other than coffee for the opening picture?
Andyjonescreative (author)  Mehehehful5 years ago
yeah sorry thats kind misleading, that is graphite.  I guess this is the product of a good warm up.
Oh. Well this is very helpful I tried it this morning and I am UBER satisfied. Great Job.

Salsa7665 years ago
excellent sketching
sarahfish5 years ago
 brilliant! great idea, great intsructable!

andy jones is so creative  :)
 I like this a lot.  I did the same thing today with white out.  Nice! :D
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