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Painting Bees with Acrylic - On Sliced Wood

Beatrice Ajayi, Founder of HyssopArts

Painting Bees with Acrylic - On Sliced Wood

Beatrice Ajayi, Founder of HyssopArts

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6 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Show and tell Introduction

    • 3. Tools & Paint

    • 4. Sketching & Planning/ Beginnings

    • 5. Painting Bee & Wreath

    • 6. Final Details

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About This Class

In this class we work on a sliced wood as our substrate. The size is 8-9cm. I got mine on amazon but you may have local suppliers who you can even. 

In the class we paint two slices with bees on them. But you can do. More if you want. 

Tools Required:

Pythalo Green

Mid yellow



Orange red

Mars black


Detail brushes

Sizes in low numbers

Rigger brush size 0

Two 8-9cm wood slice(amazon) or locally supplied to yourself.

Palette for paint.

Palette knife size 5 for mixing paint



A4 plain Paper for sketching and planning.

Water container to wash brushes

Hand tissue to dry off brushes between colour changes.

Reference inspirations:



Pixabay app

Personal Photography at garden centres; your garden or out and about.

***Note: Please don’t not copy other people’s images for copyright reasons.


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Beatrice Ajayi

Founder of HyssopArts


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1. Introduction : Hi, everybody. And welcome to this new class here with Beatrice Ajai, uh, painting bees with acrylic. If you never painted these on Teoh with slice before then, this is the first time class for you that will be painting this beautiful insects onto the wood panel. And we'll go from the beginning sketch all the way through to the final piece. So join the class and let's start painting. 2. Show and tell Introduction : so Hi, everyone. And welcome to today's class here and skill. Sheer. We are going to be for this new class paint in, uh, these bees, not these exact ones. These are just sample one. So I am. I've got here just to show you what we're gonna end up looking like, um, this one's already sold, and I will be sending them off to my client soon. But I just wanted to show you that, um, this class is going to be creating something as cute as this. So if you're really into your bees brand, let's get started and have some fun. 3. Tools & Paint : so real quick Before I go further, I just wanted to show you the the tools and equipments that were using for this class. Um, so you eat some water for your acrylics, which is what we're gonna be using that I've got one of these kind of paint, Um, tens here for my water. Um, the colors were going to be using our a little green, deep yellow. Um, here, I've got gold, and I have ah, pearl deep brown on these aren't metallic colors. So we'll see how that goes if we're gonna use thes or no. So I kind of just embellished them sometimes with those, um of the orange red. Or you can actually use the think you get yellow, orange you don't have. Oh, just mix it with the red and on the yellow to get back. Kind of a deep, very deep rated still leans towards right. Basically, um, got titanium white, which I also have. And this old acrylic ink container. Um, your yellow pale yellow, um, Indian yellow, mid yellow. I've got mars black violet and move pale. So there's going to be the two different visas I showed you earlier on So I'm going to use those colors for that. I've got a pencil to sketch out my design on the, um would which you get these wood panels online. So, um, there would slices, and I really love working on these. There's really cute, and it could be a great gift. Um, you know that you can make different things on for people. Uh, let's see what we've got here. Also, um, some brushes which are detailed brushes, basically. So these air quite small. Um, the zeros or your twos Or ones? Um, trying to see the number. And this one here? Yes. Zero. So very small detail brushes. And I have a rigger brush as well for even more detail there. So it so long been brush. And this is the size he had yet size zero as well. So they're all very small brushes for details. My robot to go with my pen. So, um, I'm trying to think what else? And I have this palette, my pilot paper, But you combine online, um was quite affordable. And I'm gonna be painting my actual Pinal work on this as well as with my paint on this as well cause it was just fit within the view here. So I think you have mentioned all the color. Is that and, um, Walter, you have your tissue to kind of clean your brushes off when you need to. And we just get on with painting so that the set before we're gonna be paint in these similar bees to these know these exact ones Because I'm being quite carefully with how I'm doing it so you can look online and see images for bees, and you dont copy them. Exactly. You kind of play around with that, or you can get different aps that have free so three images on them, like pick city. Um, I've heard of pixel dot com as well. Um, I'm just trying to think of the different ones, or Pinterest just stimulate, you know, inspiring full else to to actually draw to paint for the bees. And also, you could just basically take your own pictures of bees. Um, around where you are, I'll just go to a garden center somewhere and get good images of that. And that can inspire as well. So yeah, we'll get on after this segment now with drawing or images that were then going to apply to the panel, um, and get on with painting 4. Sketching & Planning/ Beginnings: So what I wanted to do next is just to sketch out some, um, bees. And you can do this yourself. You could practiced, um, kind of just drawing a circle. So But, you know, um, vaguely what it is that you want to drill any complaint out. So I've kind of fit the Reaper. A report around it where you've just got flower like leaves coming out different sizes and just going all the way around, um, design and the leaves and trying to make it look as natural as possible. Um, you don't have to fill every got some areas gonna be busier than others. Um, and then you just get your ultra design for your wood panel. We just go all the way around like this. And so this is just sketching it out before you get onto you. Would you plant what it is that you want to do? And you could have different sizes, baby ones. Big ones. So that's the altar. Uh, plan there, then you'll be. You can start if you're looking at ubi. Look at the segments like here. I've got scrapped its head, So just the head and there is usually like a yellow, so I usually will put I go, Why in there on? Then you go Maybe black or I call the The Shield here. Um, that's not the shield is the armor. I call it because there's different ways this could look. You can add symbol yellow here again because that's black. And then you could add white here the end, and then their legs have kind of three segments to them, said as the partners joins the actual body, this kind of the thigh aspect or the elbow bend there and then this, like go a little bit of, ah, a stretch on the end there. So it's kind of three areas that you look at with the ending. I'm the same for the back one. Here is Well, so it's like I just made a really awkward be here, but and then they have their antennas. What if you can, um, put differently Andi see oil's coming put here and then their wings, depending on which way you want toe. So the wings, they've actually got, like, four sets. They got two on one side and another to the other so they can overlap each other and, um So you're varying positions of your BZ can play around with. I've kind of put eyes on mine for some of them. This one a habit, but, um, Tennessee. So this other one I did, but kind of you can see here. So I just sketched out one like this, and you can't see the details, but you could do quite a number of on and just play around with the flowers as well. I mean, the leaves don't have to be the same as that. One could be smaller. They could have a lot of other detail on them, you know, kind of like some, um, longer leaves. And, um, it's just like, uh, trying to remember what that is. I remember that in a minute, but basically, you could just have a whole yet to read. What kind of idea of a read. Um, so that would be there. And then you just have to be again. So I'm gonna face this one. This way. Um, you've got the kind of the scarf area I was calling at the beginning than the armor aside again. Then you can have another yellow so yellow, black, yellow and it can have a white for the end, so you can alternate it and then decide how the wings go. Depends on the angle of your being. So yeah, and you could just play around with that. Um, here, the hands can kind of do their thing again. It doesn't say they have, like, a by area event. Just you have to try and see how it works, and that's the only way to really see the result for these. So that's the sketches of this done just to show you the idea of what you do with the panel . So I will have some of these available for the class for you to take, so you can always print valve, um, and have a look. So these ones are not the same drawings. But you will see them as I start actually breaking them down because this is for the focus of the painting process. So we'll get started on that and you see how it develops 5. Painting Bee & Wreath: So here I've set up my colors I'm going to use. And I've set up the titanium white acrylic, a halo green. I have my kill yellow, the orange red. And I have a Mars black. And, um so I'll just put the brushes in to get wet while I am Pingtan. Well, actually, what I'm gonna do is I'm good to mixed some of the colors I'm gonna be using on the peripheral here first. So I will show you how I start off. Um, what I like to do is paint the edges first, um, before starting on the main detail of the B. Because then while that's drying, um, it kind of fluctuates back and forth because then I could put the next layer after that. So with my palette knife with just another tool that I forgot to mention, um, I'm gonna mix three kind of layers of color, so I'm gonna have the original, uh, Taylor Green. I'm going to take some of that over here. I'm gonna mix some white in the So I've got that there, and I just need to make sure it's enough. I think it is enough. Um, I think it is enough. I'm gonna actually, after that. Take some of that mixed color, and I'm gonna mix it with some of the yellow. So that's like a three layer sets of greens. Basically. So the sailor green mixed some of that with white and then and mixing half of that roughly or so with the year, though. So now I have three different sets of greens, and we're gonna work with that to begin with. So I'm going to get one of my detailed brushes. Fenced are on the leaves, so just dry my brush up as much as possible. Um, and start with the a little green. Something's gonna go round. And what I do is that I go in. Is that the kind of the way that the clock goals I'm trying to think of what we that is so that when I'm painting my leaves, I'm not going to rub. Hm? So it depends which. You know what hand If you write a left handed, that will work out for you. So here we go. We're going to start on the leaf. So you see what I drew once I start painting again, but it's just too full of the process off how I layer the peace being very careful toe only paint the leaves after all and is good to plan out your ah, you're a painting because then you won't make too many mistakes and then go No, that doesn't look right. This is good to plan out your sketch first so you can see the detail that I'm at in here of kind of believes. And so just fill this all in with the halo green first. And that gives a really lovely background color that when you look at that later on, it issues texture and a little bit extra death depth. Then it would have if you didn't put put it in this order. I'm not filling every actual space for this one. I just put only a little there. I will actually do my other ones. Still got it on my brush so that I don't end up waste in this. So actually, I'm gonna use my slimmer brush my rigger brush because, um, this is gonna have more detail on it. So here I go, using the rigger brush, which is quite a long, um, brush of the end and you have to take a little bit of practice. Sees this. So I've got some kind of been glad grass here. I'm just gonna and you can't make that tip of it, then are, But, um, I hadn't flattened my brush of the beginning. So and you can kind of play with now that foliage Bengals on the area and some pill in it. And since his pill in making sure that even enough paint on your brush goes, this wood is quite dry. So I've got here the snow drug that you see as I start to paint this in with more details. So right now, it might not look back bright, but it will all work out in the end. It was just added leaves in different areas and building up. So this is quite bare here, but I wanted to just give you an example of one that wasn't full of too much detail. So you haven't got leave it of that. Um, So I'll go back up to this one, and I will start with the B. So I'm going to get my brush again, and I'm going to start the head of this one and just focus on making the little character stand up. So we just start with the head gently making sure we get that. And I said that so usually they have a yellow scarf for this one and, uh, black, um, kind of armour here. So we're gonna put in some black armor. So I'm also being very carefree with this. You could actually start this off first with a layer of white over your character before you add other, um, layers of paint because sometimes it can end up being absorbed into the would. So it's good to add sommeliers. I'm adding our own quite thick there. Um, I've been it is really try and stick with just one painting at a time. I was very tempted. Just cross over again. But I'm gonna do the legs next. So the leg coming up here it was remember that they have I think it's six legs and all, and, um, it was three on each side. So sometimes you try and show one in the background overlap so you can see that there. And I'm gonna add the antenna as well, which is black, and that kind of just rub this bit here a bit to make a bit bigger. So you can do that rub for ABR Abrupt can draw thin a line that the have steady hands through this in the line so that you can see this character building already. Um, so if put in some legs there and what I'm gonna do is just a number one here somewhere, I think. But what I'm going to do next is to try and do yellow on now. And I'm just gonna use my other brush again because I want to get, um, about color down. I've got some of that green than mixing in there, but I don't mind all that. If you want it lighter, you add some more white, you just go back and forth. Thes thes colors are not going to stay clean. They're gonna be quite dirty by the time I finished with them. I mean, they're gonna have different colors in and out of them. You can see it starting to build here. Well, I do is I overlapped the color sometimes. So even though this Bolton was gonna be white, I still kind of went into the area. I'm going to go into the wings as well, with some of the year largest ad a layer where it's going to be, um, white's gonna build on. So also here there's a flower here that I've put in. So I'm going to start add in some of that and going back in here and now I'm starting to add some of that red orange into the actual being. I'm gonna go and start using my thinner brush now because I want to. I had a lot more finer details, like Can this thes ones, you know, you can see the for is a bit more. It's clearer on them. So I'm going to start using my rigger brush brush to play around with that and get the colors to come out. Oh, it's a bit more in a detailed manner, so I could give us a break, a swell and go back to the. After I do this, I'm gonna go back to the leaves. So you just keep adding the colors, thinking about the for effect and building on that really, uh, trying Teoh, remember that bees, the quite fluffy little characters. So that's what I'm trying to remember as I'm doing this so I might let this dry a little bit a me. I want to add a bit more under white, cause it's gonna be right here. But sometimes, actually, I add a degree effects to help the white stick out a little bit more. So I'm gonna put some of the Mars black here to start building that up. Um, and then just playing around with that. So you just take your time and see how you build your characters. But then because I know I'm going to start putting some details in the wing, the wink has kind of like lattice effects that are built through it, Um, just part of away, probably for it to be strengthened. So I'm just gonna start building some of that detail, and and I will add the light as well. So I'm drawing this quite quickly, but is just to kind of look at your image. You have and see how it all works together. How it looks, Um, I like to add a love. Textures of my paint comes on quite and, um, very expressive. So then you could start even slowly. May be added the i detail. There I'm just going on and just making sure that you get more and more cantaloupe. It's a green there. Um, so, yeah, I'm trying to think where else I could put some. It's keep on going and added on the I am going to Nagle into to use in basically the second layer of green that I have here. So I'm gonna go around the same way that before which waas too start from one end like this . And Pilet could we have a smaller brush? This feels quite big, but it just kind of set up over this first layer, and that starts to build, um, an extra layer of texture. So this is very different from the other ones have done where it has gone all the way around. So I'm gonna let that dry, and I'm going to start putting in some off the what on the flower there. Trying to look forward brush to use here. Local work. Well, it is drying. Um, so those thing is good to layer them up when I've tried to varnish this, it's like a CIF. It's being sinking in a little bit to the woods. So is good. If you can actually, My layer Oh, um, well, a number of layers of acrylic to make sure that it's actually shows. So trying to think of this flower here is not joints and is gonna go along with the line I created there and add bully for two. I'm just gently drawing this with my rigor stick. You got to be very careful because he could end up pulling too far with this and viewed paint like somewhere that you didn't want to paint. But that's because it's so long as I'm just trying to use the tip of this so just don't. So just to keep home, building the layers off the Pete, I'm gonna go back in and do a little bit more here and start adding kind of licks to show the for a bit more, trying to get differences in shade and things with it. So it wasn't even think she was fluffy enough. So just add a bit more fluff and just feel your ways to how you feel. Your B should be something. So there's a lot off, um, mixtures here, So I should let this dry a little bit. Um, actually, and here you can play around with some other colors for the actual wing. Remembering that I seem to see it float in between the black area quite a bit. Her wings. You have to just feel you away with this and see what you get. The more you add, you get more texture. This black there is gray. So movement. Um, I'm gonna put some colors and the leg was will, So's some reflection. So yeah, starting to build up there and you can put some shadow and so for let this one Dr. I will go on to this one here where I'm going to mix McGary a little bit here and just had this onto this flower here, going in a different brush onto my snowdrop because I wanted to get some shadow before I start adding the white come to this. So here I'm supposed to add the proper green, which I haven't done yet. So going to do that now, which is just added, and your and I have to add it around the other side, so use the rigger brush, so mixing this ahead of time has helped me just to be able to just do this just kind of spinning it around a little. But help me with keeping that hand stable and just twist in it a little bit, so you can see the layers now because of additives to colors, it gives it something a little bit more. And so we let that dry before we have this other green, We're gonna work on the B. So I'm going in there with a black for her head. So she's reason this way, this one. I am remembering that I actually wanted to do a purple one, so I wasn't gonna use thes colors. E need black somewhere else as well. So her arm, All right, so she has some black and quite a lot of bits here. 6. Final Details : so we'll just keep going here, and I'm gonna start adding the par poke of this is gonna be looks very dark right now. Don't worry when it's ah, violent. Actually, I'm just gonna mixing. So, colors, I'll put some of the orange red, and here is Well, I think some of the other ones I used the border, but board or red. But I am gonna use this for us. I'm gonna get my rigger brush to get some extra details and hear some white so that we can see the difference. This is building the layers they commit quite thick and contrast as well, because you could see the white on that violet there a bit better. I'm gonna put this area. He was gonna be agree. Just start building that up. So because this one, she's kind of upside down. Um, looking at this flower that she's got an interest in gonna just do her hands here. She's got arms. I mean, Scott one there, one here and one he, uh but now, quite think, um, so you can see what that looks like. Uh, better 10 out there, So that's quite a little expressive girl. There the wings going to be doing something that the other one didn't do, and the other, which is, is going to cross over in a very strange angles. I'm gonna show you that in a minute. I'm just trying to put some extra fluff before I do anything house. Cause once I do that, I would be able to maybe get us much into these areas. So I'm just trying to show her fluffy nous mix in some water to make it then are a little bit. This brush is really good. Um, it really gives me the chance to get the kind of effects that I want. I used purple again. I'm just doing and I'm going to get some of this read and hear. It's going to probably make it a bit more brown, but just in some areas, and I'll go over again, just like to build sort of different colors in there and add white and it does something else, then the purple violet. I've got a pale more for May up there that I'm gonna use. Move with me so you could actually do this to death. You could do this way too much. This so I'm going to do is let's say I see you focus on her flower for a minute, just to get some extra other things going on here. This is a snowdrop up that I have headed in the hero come. It's right beside the whole that they put for some of these pieces of wood which you could just hang get straight on a wall. I really like that idea. And that's what I'm going for here. All right, bye is ever in and probably used a rigger brush for her wing, which I'm gonna pull in right now and start at in a wing. And it's gonna look very scary cause I'm going over All those colors on the wings of notice have, like a joined the It's a really interesting have to keep on going back and forth and get in no paint and then the lattice effect that exists for the wings. I'm gonna have to keep adding layers onto that was another wing here that I and I'm using the rigger brush just because it can get so much detail with it? You want to get some shadow into that wing a little bit of the Mars black. So I'm gonna be playing around with this as it starts to dry and add in more white more. Get it to be the wing guy. I know it can be right now. You can't see it as easily, but it's in there. I'm going to know you's the last green that I have here that I mixed earlier on with the yellow and I'm going to start at in the end, you don't have to cover everything, but you can make it in a way that kind of overlaps and just adds extra. This has got have been line. I could have made it dinner. Um, I mean them bigger. So this parts of it that was show parts one show, but it's sold. Add into it, Just done that quite lightly and you can see what that looks like. So this one, as I said, was a lot more simplest. That compared to this read the I put around the whole actual piece. Um, just for variety. So we'll put this one this I don't let that dry and start Add in some of those greens in here. By the time you look at it, will have something an extra element to it. I use it quite thickly as well. Just to get extra texture, extra texture. Um, you could leave it and only use two colors, but I just wanted to start. Uh, I like my color number one. And I wanted to start being able to to practice building layers of colors are similar color . So I thought with the leaves, he can always get that idea off the reflection of light on and things like that. So why not? So I'm just gonna be building more layers on to what's here already. Now the flower. I'm just gonna work from the out inside out because the orange bear is possibly still wet. And I'm doing this, as I said, very thickly. So they'll be texture and this very yummy sickly. You look a bit closer. So and I was just building on making the B as bright, really colored as you want and what I did, um, for varnish in these was just varnished the actual areas that I had painted. Um, because when I varnished the actual, um, the whole top of it, I felt that I got to dark this is one that I did where Varnished all of it. And this one, I just furnished only the B. And I like that light. Would, um, you could look at it that it protects the wood of it, and it doesn't get a different color on it. It's not that it states to dark, it's still okay. But I just liked that natural look of the wood. So it was your choice. How you want to basically, um, varnish it are. It's after care. You have a better idea. Please share it with me to know what other ways I could do it, but, um, here I'm just basically adding highlights. Uh, it's dry in its get in look chunkier. I love it. I love it. I would spend weeks just adding layers onto this because every stroke you put on changes it slightly. He wanted to be. And you can add different yellows as well. This is ah, pale yellow, but you can add 11 yellow, and it can be even brighter than, um, this huge variety of yellows he can use on these to make them a little bit more to your taste. So now I'm just adding layers to sharpen up could go back and forth. We take a color off, you can add again, taken mix on the actual be basically, that's what I've been doing and then add in. So there it'll those are two Tubize that we've painted for this class And so I really like to see your designs as well. Um, and see what you make and any other suggestions of what you would like me to paint on wood . If you have any ideas for that as well, that would be great. But I have quite a few products now that I have painted on wood. So I will be having another class to do. It's similar, um, approach of creativity because they're very just beautiful objects. Toe. Have, um, and each of these are given ah, name. So, uh, this one here is I got there. So she is going to be going toe a new home soon. Um, and I am still to organize the names for some of the other ones. Um, so, yeah, so have fun. So spend time kind of building the layers on this No drop until I'm satisfied with it. Being as texture does I want it. Sounds like I just basically put in layers and layers on it. I their wings as well. Just as an extra. Everything. So the whole people enjoy the class. Um, I don't know how long this is. I didn't want it to be too long, but it probably is, but I'm not going to be doing much editing on this anyway, So you would be getting that basically as it as it came out. So I will see you in the next class. Uh