Pur Java liquid concentrate coffee is a great time-saver—all you have to do is dissolve some concentrate in hot water. Change the coffee/water ratio to achieve a lighter or richer color. Darker hues will require less water than the lighter shades.
If Pur Java liquid concentrate turns out too light, add two additional teaspoons to a cup of boiling water and in a couple minutes’ the darker shade will appear. Just like watercolors, you can always add water while painting to make lighter values.
Naturally, when painting with Pur Java you will also need paper (I suggest you use 140 lb. watercolor paper), paintbrushes, tissue for blotting up excess coffee, a pencil, and several small Dixie cups, or whatever you have on hand.
Coffee lightens when it dries, so no matter how dark your thickest mixture is, you will probably want it to appear even darker on the paper. You will need to go over your paper quite a bit until you reach the desired appearance.
Wait until the previous layer is completely dry before adding the next. You can use a hair dryer to dry each layer and speed the process; it works beautifully.
If you don’t wait until it’s dry, you may find your Pur Java liquid concentrate bleeding into the previous layer. This can wash away color and possibly ruin your painting.
Continue layering it on and adding more details. This painting is not yet finished, but you can see the direction it’s headed. It just has a few more layers to go.
Try it out! And enjoy the cheap, yet rich, color of coffee in your art while you enjoy a cup of Pur Java yourself.