Title:Dad Creates Unique Art Made From Coffee Instead Of Paint
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Description:A dad decided to turn to art after being made redundant, channelling his energy into unique pieces that are not just inspired by pop culture, but also made using instant coffee instead of paint.
When Wayne Wright, 49, was made redundant from his job at a factory last year, he found himself reevaluating everything as he settled into his new life as a self-professed 'house husband'.
Keen to try his hand at a completely new skill, Wayne decided to tap into his love for art as a youngster, having been into drawing at school but never tried his hand at painting.
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With no brushes or paints lying around to use, Wayne had to get creative, and tried experimenting with materials he found lying around the house - from tea and coffee to gravy.
Wayne, a former factory operative from Solihull, West Midlands, told LADbible: "My daughter Eliza challenged me to paint something after I spent years of telling her I was good at art. She was in the middle of her GCSE art projects and this inspired me to have a go.
"However, we had no paint or brushes available, so firstly I tried using tea and a sponge which was too pale. Gravy was very smelly and the dog wouldn't leave me alone. I finally managed to paint a large picture of Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders using coffee and a washing up sponge."
He continued: "After being made redundant from a job I had been in all my life but did not like, made me reevaluate life.
"I found that I could make these art pieces in different shades of coffee and people from all over the world were interested in the process and the reasons behind coffee."
Wayne now shares his creations on Instagram, where he now has a following of more than 3,000 fans.
He said: "I've had some great reactions from people following me on social media (and more followers than my children!) from every corner of the world it seems.
"People are amazed at the shading and light you can get from a single colour brown and the individuality factor of this artwork that doesn't rely on colour for maximum impact.
"Quite often I paint subjects that people suggest to me on social media and enjoy this challenge."
Wayne has also donated a number of the pieces to various charities - some serving as prizes while others have been auctioned to raise money.
He said: "My favourite piece is really hard to choose but I do love the Captain Tom artwork as this actually reached him and was auctioned to raise funds for the NHS.
"But my own personal enjoyment pieces would be Bob Marley and Columbo."
Wayne added: "The ideas I have for artwork are endless and I love working late at night on them."
Wayne's daughter Eliza, 18, said she feels hugely proud of her father, having been the one to spur him on.
Eliza, a full-time artist and art student and part time waitress, said: "My dad's art fascinates me. I'm so immensely proud to tell people about my artist dad and show off his work."
She said the family home is covered in his 'beautiful and unique' pieces, and that she's got a 'gorgeous' Banksy-inspired painting above her bed, which features real flowers.
Eliza continued: "My dad is always painting, he sits in our little kitchen painting for hours while multitasking (making dinner, washing up) which to me is incredible.
"I think the reason I love my dad's art the most is seeing the happiness and joy he brings to the people he makes them for."
She added: "It's lovely to see my dad flourish since leaving the job he hated, he's discovered the eccentric and talented human he is at nearly 50 which is very reassuring to me, it's never too late to start!"
Check out Wayne's art on his Instagram page @wrightcoffeeart.