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Stirring coffee powder to make a piece of art

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ARTFULLY: Women trying coffee painting in Mangalore on Tuesday.
ARTFULLY: Women trying coffee painting in Mangalore on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Women participants stirred the coffee powder in water and glue to create a genre of art called “coffee painting” here on Tuesday. This was at the workshop being held by the Lions Club in association with a private company.

While some participants seemed amused by the fact that coffee powder could become a mode of expression, others seemed to be excited and anxious of what would be the end result.

They would peep into their neighbour’s art once and follow their footsteps and at times, on realising that the neighbour also has lost the path would take guidance from the trainer who was supervising all the participants.

The participants were seen sitting in a circle and cutting sketch made on paper which would form the base for the coffee painting.

These sketches were later being pasted on a card-board and glue was being applied over the paper cutting.

This gluing was to form a foundation for the applying of coffee powder paste.

The coffee powder paste was later applied over the sketch and erased at certain places by water soaked cloth to give different shades.

The following days will be utilised to train them in other form of arts, said Shyla Prasad, an artiste who is training the participants.

This week-long workshop inaugurated on Monday is attempting to train women in Ganjila art, mask murals, coffee painting, tile painting, silk pouch, stencil work, pot painting and glass painting. Inaugurating the workshop on Monday, section head, sales promotion, Pidilite industries, T.N. Balasundaram, said that art acts like a stress-buster in the busy mechanic life of the present.

District Lioness Co-ordinator Sukhalatha Bhandary spoke.

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