Instant coffee makes a great paint for a haunted house art project. Who needs expensive paint to do a value study?
The first time I tried this I had students draw their house in pencil first, and it did not bode well. I almost decided to abandon the project.
Most drew WAY too much detail, so much so that they barely got to the painting. And if they did, there were so many dark pencil lines that the subtle coffee coloring just got lost in a maze of gray lines.
Nope, turns out that the best way to keep things EASY, and focused on making different values of brown, is to just “draw” with the paint, and fill in afterwards.
The best way to actually create the paint is to make little piles of instant grounds on a paper plate. Add JUST enough water to dissolve the crystals and make a smooth liquid. Afterwards, follow the directions on my PDF download, which has some advice on the best order to paint things.
- Haunted House with Coffee PDF (click here to download)
- Multimedia paper
- Instant coffee grounds (I used espresso)
- Small plates, water
- Paint brush
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Paint a Haunted House with Coffee
- Paint a wobbly ground line and house above it.
- Add lots of building add ons all around it.
Make them different in size and height. Add chimneys.
- Paint a tree by starting with a trunk.
Add lots of branches.
- Add windows and doors.
Fill in the roof tops with darkest brown.
- Paint the ground a medium shade.
Sprinkle grounds to get more texture. Fill house with lighter shade.
- Paint the sky the lightest color.
Take care to barely touch the house lines so they do not smudge.