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Painting With Beans - The Basics

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 2014.

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

Below are steps to my first attempt, and at the time, I could already see areas of improvement and told myself that next time, I would do the following:

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:
  • Various colored beans
  • Sturdy surface (wrapped canvas, canvas board, or wood blocks)
  • White gesso
  • Acrylic paints
  • Aleene's tacky glue
  • Tweezers
  • Pencil
  • Paint brushes
  • Spray-on acrylic sealer

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. Make sure the white part of the beans aren't showing, and if they are, consider painting and letting them dry overnight. (see the witch cat above)
  6. Spray with acrylic sealer to preserve and protect.

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