The artist from Hamburg, Stefan Kuhnigk, combines 3 things many people

The artist from Hamburg, Stefan Kuhnigk, combines 3 things many people love the most — creativity, quirkiness, and coffee. His work started with a small office incident, and the artist decided to keep on breathing life into coffee stains. His coffee monsters have their own unique characters and backstories, and might even remind us of some people in our lives.

1. In 2011, Stefan Kuhnigk, a designer and copywriter from Germany, found inspiration in a simple coffee stain.

A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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2. He spilled some coffee on a piece of paper while he was at an office meeting and turned it into a drawing.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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3. Now, Kuhnigk carefully chooses the best coffee he’s going to spill to make his coffee monsters.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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4. He says that although you can work with any type of coffee, some of them may leave too dark of a stain, so it’s impossible to draw on them.

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5. It takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours for the coffee stain to dry before the artist can begin working with it.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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6. Kuhnigk has already created more than 600 unique coffee monsters.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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7. The artist spills coffee randomly which is why all his monsters are unique.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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8. Kuhnigk shares that he enjoys this project because of “the determination or coincidence of the coffee hitting paper.”

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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9. He also has always enjoyed doodling and likes the romance of it, and it may have influenced his work.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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10. The artist believes that his work may appeal to many people because almost everyone has spilled coffee in their life.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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11. Kuhnigk shares that his drawings are also very easy to understand which might make them even more likable.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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12. Although Kuhnigk usually draws each monster for no more than 30 minutes, it takes him a few days to “brew” the idea for the character.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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13. Each coffee monster has its own unique story and inspiration behind its character.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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14. The artist has more than 20,000 fans following him on Instagram.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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15. Kuhnigk also runs a YouTube channel where he shares how some of our favorite monsters were created.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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16. The artist published a book called The Coffeemonsters Book that contains stories and pictures of coffee monsters.

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A German Artist Transforms Coffee Stains Into Cute Little Monsters That Are Stealing Our Hearts

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Have you ever found inspiration in ordinary things? Do you agree that Kuhnigk’s works are a perfect example of how art and creativity are all around us?