Beehive Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Beehive Painting

I love to watercolor. I love it more than just sketching. It is difficult though, and I’m still learning. I can watch youtube videos on different watercolor techniques for hours. I woke up this morning inspired to paint. My mind is on all things summer lately, so I chose to paint a simply beehive. It was fun to paint, though I made a few mistakes. But as Bob Ross use to say, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”.

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What you’ll need:

– Watercolor Paper
– Watercolor Paint
– Thin Paintbrushes
– Paint Palette
– Brown Color Pencil

Beehive Painting Branches1. Start by tracing out the tree branch pattern lightly in pencil. Make a few larger branches with some smaller ones attached. Keep in mind where you want your beehive to hang. Paint your branches. I started by painting a faint brown layer, then going back and darkening some of the limbs.

beehive12. Trace the shape of your beehive lightly in pencil. Fill in the beehive with a transparent layer of yellow. Let it dry. Go back and fill in some areas with the same yellow. Then, using a darker shade of yellow, fill in a few areas. Make sure to leave some of the previous layers visible for contrast.

IMG_77933. Using the brown colored pencil, add squiggly lines for the honeycombs. I dipped my colored pencil into brown paint to create some thicker, darker lines.

beehive24. Add your bees! I separated the bee’s body into three sections. Then add wings, stripes, antennas, and limbs. Add as many bees as you want!

beehive painting beehive paintingVoila! Your very own beehive painting. It would look great in a white mat frame!

DIY Geo Ring

Geometric RingPolymer clay is one of my favorite materials to work with. It’s incredibly versatile if you just get creative enough. I was inspired by theseย rings, but with a twist. Add some paint and you can make rings in all sorts of shapes and colors.Geometric Ring Supplies

What you’ll need:

-Polymer Clay
-Xacto Knife
-Crazy Glue
-Acrylic Paint and Paintbrush
-Ring Blanks

geo ring 11. Start by kneading the clay until it is soft. This will make it easier to shape later.
2. Roll the clay into small balls. Mine varied in size of about a 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
3. Put the rolled balls into the freezer for about 20 minutes to harden.

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4. Next use the Xacto to cut the base of the shape. Continue cutting of the rounded edges until you are left with only straight edges.
5. Following the instructions on the wrapper, bake your clay shapes.

geo ring 36. Tape off sections of the shape (optional) and paint them any color you like.

geometric ring7. Once the paint has dried, glue the base of the clay shape to the top of the ring blank. Let dry.

geometric ringgeometric ringAnd you’re done! You can paint the shapes one color or combine multiple colors for a different look.

DIY Floral Headband

Floral Headband

I remember in Elementary School when I would make floral headpieces during recess. My flower choices were limited to White Clovers or Dandelions and by the end of recess they would have already begun to wilt. This is why I love today’s DIY post.ย I posted earlier about floral headbands here. This floral headband is great because they remind me of my days on the playground, and they will never wilt!

Floral Headband Supplies

What you’ll need:

– Headband
– Fake Flowers (I used 4 large ones)
– Glue Gun

Silk FlowersFake Flowers1. Start by separating the flower by cutting or pulling off the stem.

Floral Headpiece2. Arrange your flowers based on whatever pattern you’d like. I chose yellow and peach flowers so I arranged them by alternating colors.

Floral Headband Steps3. Heat up your glue gun and glue the flowers to the headband in whatever pattern you decided on. Let it dry for a couple of minutes.Floral HeadbandVoila! A beautiful floral headband perfect for Spring!

IMG_7482IMG_7444Thanks to Jolleen for modeling!