I often joke that my life is just an ongoing series of events ala If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. One of the more entertaining side effects of recovering from a stroke is my very short attention span. I often forget what I’m saying in mid-sentence. Now, what does any of this have to do with crafting? Well, let me tell you. I’m in a group on Facebook of some quite creative artists. Recently one of them shared their results of coffee dying paper. I decided to give it a go.
When embarking on a new endeavor, I tend to do my research. After checking out a couple of videos I gathered my supplies. Coffee grounds, some book pages that I didn’t really care about one way or the other and a pan. I set about putting everything together but it wasn’t quite right.
Due to a miscalculation, I had too many pages in the coffee. As a result, they weren’t getting really well saturated. I messed around with them for a minute and set them on the porch to soak for a few minutes. All would have been right in the world if I remembered to set a timer. I knew I was going to remember those papers on the porch.
And I did. Three days later. Three days I left that pile of papers soaking in coffee grounds and water, sitting out on the porch in very hot and very dry weather. Now I’m not sure at what point the water all evaporated but the pages at the bottom were still slightly damp. Did you know that a pile of slightly damp coffee will burn in those conditions? Neither did I.
One would expect that when paper burns, it would be a bad thing. Not so much…at least this time around. Check out the front and back of this page. I can’t decide which side to use!
So while I didn’t get exactly what I set out to get, I’m using it all! How could I not? Look at these! Quite frankly I’m a little amazed that these all came out of the same book and were all sitting in the same pan of coffee grounds and water. Look at all the color variations!
So how about it? Have you had a crafting blunder that turned into a hit? I’d love to hear about it. Until next time…