Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bean Art Painting Tips

When my son was a young boy, he brought home the cutest bean candle holder! For years, I've displayed that candle holder with pride, and often thought, "How could I incorporate beans into my art projects?" But I never acted on those thoughts until this year.

After seeing some AMAZING portraits created out of jelly beans, dried beans, and coffee beans, I decided it was time I stop wondering and start playing with beans.

This is my first attempt and already I can see areas of improvement, but it's not bad for a first attempt.

Next time, I will:

1. Make the letters bigger so there's more spacing. With more spacing, I believe the letters would not only look nicer, but be easier to read.

2. Make sure every area of the drawing had an underpainting. With an underpainting, I wouldn't have to worry about white spaces or layering the beans to cover the white spaces.

To create bean art of your own, you will need:

How to create bean art:
  1. Paint the surface with white gesso.
  2. Sketch a basic outline of your art.
  3. Paint your sketch with the appropriate colors.
  4. Glue the beans onto the surface and let dry overnight.
  5. Spray with acrylic sealer to preserve and protect.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cupcakes On A Stick

I created these cupcake sticks for my friend's birthday. I thought they'd be cute with little chalkboard signs on the front. I also thought about filling the tops with seasonal d├ęcor, but I'll leave those little details up to her… since she's the one who has a table at Farmer's market every week.

This is my favorite cupcake liner, of the three. I used a paintbrush to dab water onto the chipboard, then I rubbed away at it until it looked a little worn. Once it dried, I painted it with a wash, then outlined it with white puffy paint.

This cupcake top was created using textured papers. I covered a piece of watercolor paper with a light weight plaster and allowed it to dry. Then I used acrylic paint to add color. Once dried, I cut the colored, textured pieces up into scraps and glued them on top of a piece of chipboard. Then I used DecorArt's Snow Tex to add a little more texture.

This cupcake top was created using watercolor papers that were stained with coffee and food coloring. You could use watercolors, but I wanted to dry the papers quickly in my oven so I wanted something more organic.

How To Create Cupcakes On A Stick

To create the actual cupcakes, I sketched a cupcake on top of a piece of blank chipboard, then cut out the chipboard. I then used Aleene's Super Thick Tacky Glue to adhere the pieces of paper to the chipboard.

Once the cupcakes were assembled, I covered them with a brush-on acrylic sealer. On two of the cupcakes, I added a bit of shine with Mod Podge's Dimensional Magic.

After they dried, I used E-6000 to glue the cupcakes onto a flat, 12" stick.

While they were drying, I painted the cans and sealed them with acrylic sealer. After the cans dried, I stuffed them with shredded paper, then I inserted the cupcakes on a stick and topped the paper off with Elmer's Glue. Next, I grabbed some fake dirt and placed it on top of the shredded paper.

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