Monday, 22 May 2017

Busy, Busy Bees...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about LITTLE CRITTERS and whether you're inspired by your own pets or prefer to delve deeper into the animal kingdom, we can't wait to see how you'll include some critters on your project!

For my project I was inspired by busy little bees, buzzing around the hive creating some beautiful dripping nectar...

So, it's time for a new challenge and here's how I created this project!
To begin with I took a canvas panel approximately 18 x 24cm and started by layering my paints. I took Tumbled Glass Distress Paint as my first layer and then added some Peacock Feathers over the top, blending them onto the canvas with a semi dry baby wipe. I heat dried the paint for quickness but if you have time, you can let it dry naturally. I then started to add some more layers, starting with gesso, which I scraped across the board and then adding some Gold Rush Alchemy Acrylic paint, each time layering the paints over the top of one another but drying them between layers.

When I felt I had the right background, I ran the Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edge, blending it out with my fingers and then added a few paint splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint and the Gold Rush Alchemy paint  before setting the canvas aside to dry thoroughly whilst I moved onto my honeycomb.
I cut four sections of the honeycomb from chipboard, using then Honeycomb die and then pieced theme together to create one continual, irregular shaped piece. I then applied a coat of gesso over the top of the die cut shape and at this stage, I also used some of the little honeycomb shapes that popped out of the centres.

Once the honeycomb pieces are dry, I painted them with Gold Rush Alchemy paint, followed by a layer of Steampunk Copper Alchemy Paint. I then attached the honeycomb and small hexagonal shapes onto my canvas using Collage Medium, adding more paint around the die cut areas to create the look of dripping nectar.
Next, I added some of the Art Stones and Mini Art Stones to the honeycomb, sprinkling the stones over the top of 3D Matte Gel which I applied with a palette knife. 
Let the stones set in the medium before adding some more of the Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Paint over the top. I wish everyone could see how shimmery the honeycomb is but the camera just couldn't pick it up but when the sun hits this project, it really does shine and dance in the light!
I now moved onto my little busy bees and started by stamping the bees onto watercolour card and colouring each bee with Distress Marker Pens before fussy cutting them (and yes, those little legs are very intricate to cut around and quite a few legless ones ended up in the bin, lol but it's definitely worth it in the end). I added a touch of watered down Unicorn's Hair Sparks Paint to the wings. Stamp the bee image once more onto vellum and cut out just the wing section, which again I painted with a light wash of Unicorn's Hair paint. I then layered the vellum wings behind the main body of the bee, shaped the wings and attached each of the five bees to my canvas.
I added some Melange Pebbles, attaching them around the honeycomb with Collage Medium and painted each pebble with Rich Turquoise and Unicorn's Hair paints.
To complete the canvas, I adde the quote chip over a bed of sisal fibres...
...and a couple of clippings stickers ~ a number and the quote, "Glittering In The Sun".
I really hope you've been inspired by my project and as always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. Fabulous! Emma and a sign of your true talent and creativity as this isn't the easiest of challenge theme. Concept, colours, design and all the added extras make for a winning project that makes those little critters shine.
    Thanks for putting the buzz into my Monday smile .
    Have a lovely week
    big hugs x

  2. Beautiful canvas Emma...the colour combo is perfect!!!

  3. Beautiful, Emma!! I love all the amazing texture and the colors are beautiful together.

    Cathie ♥

  4. Lovely! Amazing background and all the golden details. Love the texture and the whole design. Let's save the bees! Hugs, Macarena

  5. wonderful - love the HIVE you have created with the Sizzix shapes - you amaze me!

  6. WOW... the details ... I swear it looked like those bees moved ; interesting wings !!!

  7. Lovely piece Emma, love the honeycomb and layers of paint along with the use of Art Stones to add texture . Love the little bees and their dimensional wings too. Tracy x

  8. a perfectly beautiful canvas Emma-I love every inch of it!

  9. Gorgeous canvas Emma, I love the honeycomb background and the little bees bussing around, the whole design is awesome! I really love the texture of the little arts stones and pebbles and will be getting me some of those supplies! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  10. WOW was fascinating not only to look at your gorgeous honeycomb with the dripping honey and the gorgeous honeybees but it was even more enchanting to read how you did it..I am yet to try the alchemy paints and your have inspired me to go shop for them!!
    Dr Sonia

  11. This is gorgeous Emma! Love your theme with the bees and hive, it's perfect for spring as well as a reminder we really need to treasure these gems. Love how you added texture into the honeycomb! hugs, Maura

  12. Stunning mixed media work!Love it.

  13. Love this gorgeous piece, Emma. The texture and embellishments you created on this canvas are fantastic. :)

  14. such a gorgeous project Emma...I can almost taste the sweet honey dripping from the honeycomb...hugs kath xxx

  15. A wonderful project!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. This is such an amazing piece! I especially love how you clustered the art stones throughout the honeycomb. Gorgeous!

  17. One word... Perection! Every single detail is absolutely wonderful and balanced, colors and design... another stunning project! barbara

  18. This is a beautiful piece of work. I love the whole thing and it really does look very realistic

  19. Lovely artwork, I like the sweet little bees buzzing around, so much texture in this.


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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