Bumble Bees

What have we been doing this weekend … well for starters we saved a bee in our garden, so this was my inspiration for this page! I’m also linking to this month’s theme “In my garden there is…” over at Art Journal Journey.

Bumble Bees - Art Journal Page

Firstly I smooshed several different colours of diluted Spectrum Aqua markers onto the page using an acrylic block. Then the fun began as I experimented with two new metallic spray inks, which I have never used before. I was excited to use them and practice a new technique. Having shaken the inks thoroughly (they take an incredible amount of shaking) to disperse the pigment and metallic powder, I sprayed the inks over a fretwork stencil and built up the colour by spraying a couple of layers. It looks really cool and when it catches the light, it shines copper and gold. The bees are rub-on transfers from Royal & Landnickel, which I changed slightly using a black marker. The roses are from Hunkydory, I fussy cut them, edged everything with metallic pen and attached them to the page using double-sided foam tape. The central image has plasterboard/drywall tape under it. Rhinestone flower embellishments and the quote finished the page.


The quote is so true for this page as I hadn’t used spray inks before, nor had I saved a bee, in fact I didn’t even know that bees needed saving on an individual basis. We are interested in the conservation of bees in general and have recently planted some bee friendly plants in our garden. One of our friends told us the following and we followed his advice. He was right – your heart soars when you see her fly away:

“If you see a bee of any description on the floor or not flying other than on a flowering plant, it is STARVING! You can help. We are currently well into the ‘June Gap’ – the time between when the Spring flowering plants stop and the Autumn flowers start producing pollen and nectar. You can help by mixing two parts sugar to one part water and offering the syrup to the bee. She (and they are mostly ladies) will happily drink from… a teaspoon. You’ll see her little black tongue as she drinks. It will take about 10 minutes for her to convert the syrup to energy, but she will fly away if you’ve helped her in time. The feeling you get on seeing her recovery and flight is well worth your time. They can’t thank you, so I will on their behalf. Thanks a million xx”

Please note: the June Gap mentioned above is largely confined to the UK and Ireland.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Michele Marsden Crafts Scrumptious Sprizer (Precious Metal – Copper, Lustre – Christmas Green)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Terracotta, Sepia, Slate)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artists pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Script metallic pen (Gold, Bronze)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Dutch Doobadoo stencil (DDBO Dutch Mask Art A5 Vintage)
  • Hunkydory Radiant Roses (Rose Bouquet)
  • Royal & Landnickel Tip of the Brush rub-on transfers (Insect Collection #TIP1484RUB-ON)
  • 151 Adhesives (Plasterboard & drywall tape)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

18 thoughts on “Bumble Bees

  1. Beautiful page. I love how it looks like such a spring garden. And I didn’t know about feeding starving bees like that. Very interesting, and I will remember that if I ever see one sitting there. Hugs-Erika

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  2. A wonderful page – just perfect and what an interesting thing I learned from your post about salvation of bees♥♥♥
    well done.. both– the page and offering the syrup! A super photo!
    And I love that you linked the post to AJJ again Jo!
    Wish you a happy week ahead!
    oxo Susi

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  3. A fabulous page, love the metal shimmer you got with your new sprays. The quote is great as well. A good tip for the bees and the sugar water, your photo looks amazing and I’m sure the bee would have said thank you if she could.

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  4. First of all, thanks for the advice about saving a bee. We have had a few lying on the ground, and I gave them a little saucer of sugar water, but maybe they need to be fed from a spoon, I’ll certainly try it. We’ve got loads of flowers suitable for the bees still out just now and I thought maybe they had overdosed on pollen.
    Your art is really spectacular and it was fascinating to read about your techniques and materials, that always enhances the enjoyment of the art for me. I love the pinks and greens on the complex background, the fussy-cut roses and, of course, the bees.

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    • Thank you for your kind comments! It’s funny we have flowers in bloom in our garden to and thought the same thing. Only when our friend gave us this advice did we realise. I just placed the spoon with sugar syrup on the ground once the bee was drinking so she could feed at her leisure. It was such a beautiful moment when she flew away. Thanks again. J 🙂


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