Mental Floss

Turning Coffee Stains Into Art

Jill Harness

If you ever thought your tablecloth was ruined and worthless after someone left a nasty coffee cup stain on it, then you need to meet Hong Yi. That's because the artist knows how to take those annoying brown rings and turn them into something absolutely stunning.

To complete the piece above, Yi has a saucer filled with coffee and a cup waiting to be dipped and re-dipped into the staining substance. The piece took hundreds of rings and around 12 hours to finish. This isn't Yi's first attempt at using odd methods to create works of art. She previously painted a portrait of Yao Ming using nothing but paint and a basketball.