20 photos of artwork painted entirely with coffee

Maria A. Aristidou posing next to her coffee rendition of John Lennon.
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Some people drink coffee, UK artistMaria A. Aristidou paints with it.

“I use [watercolor painting] paper and around five different coffee blends,” she wrote in a blog post about her art.

With subjects ranging from Albert Einstein to Darth Vader, we’ve compiled some of the coolest works from Aristidou’s Instagram in honor of National Coffee Day (Sept. 29).

Keep scrolling to learn more about the artist and her unique paintings.

Aristidou earned a BA in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University and a MA in Arts Health from the University of Central Lancashire.

She says she created the first coffee painting by accident.

But now she’s made the genre a large focus of her work.

Inspired by pop culture, she paints subjects she loves, which makes the process more enjoyable and challenging because she wants to nail the shading and overall shape.

She uses different coffee blends and brands to create different shades of brown.

Watch how she brings Yoda to life in this time-lapse clip.

Here’s the final product.

Sometimes she’ll sketch the outline with a pencil before filling it in with coffee, as seen below in this work-in-progress Winston Churchill portrait.

Depending on the drawing, Aristidou uses anywhere from two to 15 cups of espresso.

Currently based in Cyprus, Aristidou showed her support for Greece’s referendum through coffee.

Goodluck Greece. #Greece #greekreferendum

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She recreated “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” by Johannes Vermeer, using Illy espresso.

She also attempted Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic “Mona Lisa.”

She expanded into musical subjects with John Lennon…

…and Bob Marley.

Judging by her Instagram, she has a sweet spot for Disney.

Here’s a framed portrait of Mickey Mouse.

The detail work in her portrait of Captain Jack Sparrow is impressive.

This cat painting was a commissioned work.

And finally, here’s Darth Vader, created with Greek coffee and Italian espresso. “Never underestimate the power of the dark…roast,” she captioned it.