Spilled coffee turned into a scene from “Peter Pan.”(Giulia Bernardelli)

James Dean made out of a spilled drink.(Giulia Bernardelli)

Each morning after breakfast, while the rest of us are polishing off the last few drops of coffee, 28-year old illustrator Giulia Bernardelli is using her cup’s remains to create dazzling and whimsical scenes across the white surface of her northern Italian kitchen. From musicians and famous faces to imaginative scenes from famous fairy tales like Peter Pan, she began sharing her creations via Instagram, (@bernulia) where she has since garnered more than 27,000 followers.

[Whimsical food creations transform an ordinary dinner plate into culinary canvas]

Less than a year ago, Bernardelli came across coffee as a medium for her art by chance: She accidentally knocked over a cup of coffee and noticed a world of beautiful shapes before her.

None of her creations are planned in advance, she says. Instead, Bernardelli prefers them to have the feeling of being found creations that were stumbled upon by happenstance with an ephemeral quality.

“Everything that I needed was around me, if I looked carefully. I decided to replace the paint brush with what nature offered, such as leaves, fruit skins, food. All these elements feature different colors and textures.”


The artist uses solid foods and liquids to make images of people, such as Ava Gardner.(Giulia Bernardelli)

A scene made from the artist’s coffee.(Giulia Bernardelli)

The artist, known as @bernulia on Instagram, creates whimsical, dream-like art. (Giulia Bernardelli)

The face of Italian architect Ettore Sottsass.(Giulia Bernardelli)

Amy Winehouse. (Giulia Bernardelli)

A tightrope walker, or a ballerina.(Giulia Bernardelli)

A tree made of honey.(Giulia Bernardelli)

Artist Adriana Zambonidiana. (Giulia Bernardelli)

Geng Jianyi made of chocolate.(Giulia Bernardelli)

Spilled wine turns into a nature scene.(Giulia Bernardelli)

Two lovers, two treats and two empty cups.(Giulia Bernardelli)

A ship(Giulia Bernardelli)

The face of Donato Novellini made from liqueur  (Giulia Bernardelli)

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