Feb 19, 2013

Bumblebee Painting

I tried out this bee painting today, inspired from a stock art image I have pinned here. Using a black marker for the stripes helps to make a very striking image.
1. Draw bees in pencil, filling the paper with profile and overhead views. Note: It is best to draw only five lines on the body so you will end up with three fat stripes. A variety of bee sizes will add interest to the picture.
2. Trace the drawing with a black Sharpie marker. Fill in the stripes and head with a chisel tip Sharpie marker.
3. Use a white crayon to draw lots of broken lines in the wings.
4. Paint the background one color, going over the wings of the bees.
5. Paint the yellow bodies. Note: Painting the shapes in this order allows the background paint the most amount of time to dry. The goal is to keep the colors from bleeding on the fat little bee bodies.

6 comments:

Steph said...

My daughter said to me yesterday that we need to have more art classes in our homeschool. So this project looks like something we could do. thank you for your site...

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Its a very good informative blog for our children Noone can having any doubt to paint this type of picture.Our chidren should do this in very easily.

jenniejones said...

I recently discovered you blog and absolutely love it! Can't wait to try out these ideas. I had a question for you: Do you know if you can use watercolor on a canvas? not sure if it would work out.

Kathy Barbro said...

That's a good question. I don't think you could do details with the bumpy texture, but you could maybe do some pretty watery backgrounds. I'll have to try that sometime, thanks!

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured this project! You can see it here:

http://funfamilycrafts.com/bumblebee-painting/

Thanks for another fun project idea!

Kathy Barbro said...

Thank you Cindy! I love being included in your features, and appreciate the heads up about them too.