For their first art show, which was in a coffee shop, Angel Sarkela-Saur and Andy Saur decided to explore coffee itself as a medium for their painting. Years later, their innovative concept has led to several opportunities, including international travel.

Write about a time you thought outside of the box, whether in an art project or in solving a problem. What were the rewards of thinking creatively? Did it lead to any opportunities?

Angel and Andy learned how to work with coffee’s advantages—it’s easy to make, transport and clean up. They also learned to work around its challenges—it’s one color.

Try your own hand at painting using a single color. As Angel and Andy do, use layout, form, contrast and texture to overcome the challenge of using only one color.