Fearless Friday, Busy Bees

In honor of World Bee Day yesterday,

I’ve been busy as a bee creating some bee things

You do NOT have to be an artist to paint these simple bees!

A few dots, a few stripes and

Voilร ,

Bees!

I had this metal pitcher in the pantry for watering plants

and decided it could use a makeover…

It’s a little worn with a rust spot here and there

but all that adds up to a little vintage charm, right?

The first step was painting black checks around the base

Just like any project, it’s all about the tools!

A flat square brush makes checks an easy application

The checks are far from perfect

but once the pitcher is finished you’ll never even notice

The bees start with yellow ovals

Then stripes on the body and a black round head

Then a half circle for the tail end

and curved lines ending with dots for the antennas

White wings were painted with a filbert brush

and the “flight trail” was painted with a thin liner brush

From left to right below: small liner brush, filbert brush,

#8 round, #6 round, medium flat square,

and small flat square brush

I painted a bee inside the top of the pitcher and one on the outside of the handle

as well as the ones scattered about on the pitcher sides

A yellow dot ribbon and and checked bow are the final touch

I did go back and outline the wings with black

to make them stand out more

The glasses were painted with the same steps

but I didn’t have to outline the white wings

because they show well on the clear glass

Perfect for dining al fresco!

Click here for this bee printable

Print it on white card stock,

cut it into 4 pieces,

and you can use them for gift tags,

place cards or note cards

I used scalloped edge scissors {craft store}

and a hole punch for the tags

Create something BEE-utiful!

Have fun and Be Fearless!

Juicy details

You can use any type of acrylic craft paint on a metal surface, once it dries for 24 hours it’s waterproof except for prolonged soaking

For glassware, you must use paint made for glass like this 16 color set from Folk Art here

Painted glass can be cured in your oven to make it upper rack dishwasher safe, just follow the directions on the paint bottle

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Friday with Friends

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Comments
30 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Busy Bees”
  1. Have I mentioned that I love that pitcher? Didn’t know that painted it yourself…you are amazing! Those gift cards are beautiful as well, Jenna.

  2. How cute and so good for summer tables. Save the bees!

  3. So adorable and timely! I have new friends who own beehives and bring me honey. Maybe I could try this as a little “thank you” for the sweets!

  4. I love the pitcher and the glasses. Both are perfect for summertime tables. Happy weekend, Jenna!๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

  5. Rosie M. says:

    Your bee pitcher and glasses absolutely made me smile!! How perfect for a summer gathering. You are so talented, Jenna. I always look forward to your Fearless Fridays posts! Bravo, once again!

  6. I love painting bees but doing it on the pitcher and glasses is extra brilliant! I love the little card/tags, too! Thank you, Jenna, and happy weekend!

  7. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Your painted glasses are always fun, and I really love the bees. All of your bee art is exceptional! Have a great weekend, Jenna!

  8. thefrenchhutch says:

    Great creative bee projects Jenna. Darling makeover for the metal pitcher. I think the rust add to the charm and the bees make it ever so special. I loved all your bee vignettes especially those glassed! Happy weekend…….

  9. Mary says:

    Adorable Jenna! I’m all about the bees! Happy Weekend โ™ฅ

  10. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, your bee pitcher is beautiful and looks so pretty with the sunflowers. I can also picture the pitcher with the sweet bumble bee glasses being the perfect ensemble for some sweet tea and porch sitting. Happy Weekend!

  11. lghiggins says:

    I love how not every stroke has to “bee” perfect to make these beautiful glasses and pitcher.

  12. Cyndi Raines says:

    So CUTE! You make everything look so easy! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

  13. pattyanneart says:

    Oh so cute, Jenna!
    Love it! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ

  14. Janet says:

    So cute and so simple

  15. mhhwarmcozy says:

    One of the joys of crafting is finding something just waiting for a new look. Love the little vignette where you pulled the painted pieces together – including that little gnome guy.

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