four color process printing coasters

Four-color printing uses cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (known as “key”), printed in layers to create full-color images. Although it isn’t as widely used as it once was since newspapers and magazines are going out of fashion, the four-color process is still a widely recognizable part of design.

cmyk mona lisa coaster set

This set of four coasters from Molla Space’s Waku brand of products uses the familiar CMYK process to create one of the world’s most recognizable paintings.

cmyk coasters

Separately, each of the four coasters bears one color of the four-color process. When they are stacked together, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece the Mona Lisa comes into focus.

mona lisa

The $15 set of coasters is a fun lesson in the history of printing processes – and it’s also just a really cool way to keep beverage rings from wrecking your furniture.