Artist Repurposes Starbucks Cups as Canvases for Colorful Creations

19-year-old artist Carrah Aldridge doesn’t like to let leftover Starbucks cups go to waste. Instead, she prefers to use her empty drink containers as a canvas for her colorful designs. After she discovered fellow artist Kristina Webb’s cup-based art, Aldridge was inspired to use her Sharpies, white gel pens, and Copic markers in a similar fashion. In addition to filling the blank, empty spaces of the cup with her eye-catching designs, Aldridge also adds her own unique flair to creatively transform the signature Starbucks siren.

Since the coffee company does produce seasonal beverages and cups, Aldridge allows these changes to influence her work. For autumn, she incorporated leaves, bats, and pumpkins—all in varying shades of orange. For winter, the artist allows all things icy to serve as her muse, covering the normally green and white cup in blue and white motifs. By the time Aldridge is done with her design, no one cup looks like its former self. They shine and sparkle in new and exciting ways.

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