Bumblebee Happy Hives by Deb Antonick



• Seal the beehive ornaments with Gesso. Let dry, sand lightly.

• Basecoat with Warm White.

Stamp –

• Stamp the image using the stazOn or Ranger Archival Black ink pad.

Note: recommended when using Matte Medium as the ink will not smear.

• Use the Micron Pen to darken any imperfect stamp lines.

• Seal the entire surface now with DecoArt Matte Medium.

*Apply a coat of Matte Medium over the entire surface, let dry. I do this after stamping my

images so that the background is sealed. I can then wipe the paint off if I make a mistake and not

mess up the background.


I painted all the images with very light washes of the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics using the IPC Small Point

Blender. I build up the shading colors by using the Fluid Acrylics at full strength with the 3/8” Angular

shading brush. Keeping the paint to the tip of the brush, it is easy to tuck the stronger color into the

corners to create depth. Use the Soft Flat Top to soften the floats.

The Fluid Acrylics dry quick so it is easy to add tints of other colors.

*After I paint my first soft colors, I like to add another thin coat of the DecoArt Matte Medium. It dries

quickly and any paint added over the Matte Medium can be wiped off with a baby wipe without

removing the paint below.

• Shade the inside area with Cobalt Teal Hue.

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• Shade the bottom of all the honeycomb shapes with Primary Yellow.

• Highlight the tops of the honeycombs with Hansa Yellow Light.

• Deepen the shading with Hansa Yellow Medium.

Note: the shading areas should be getting smaller as you go so that all the colors still show

like a gradient.

• Deepen again with Diarylide Yellow.

• Deepen shading mostly keeping to the points with Quinacridone Gold. This really makes the

colors pop.

Bees –

• Paint the bees with a wash of Hansa Yellow Medium.

• Shade with Diarylide Yellow.

• Deepen shading with Quinacridone Gold.

• Shade the wings with Cobalt Teal Hue. Highlight with Titanium White.

• Dot the eyes with Titanium White.

• Paint over the wings with clear glitter paint. I used DecoArt Holographic Illusions Crystal Ball.

Print Project

Also uses these supplies:


2 x 5" Beehive Ornament 31-L750 available from www.cdwood.com


Ranger Archival or StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad

Pigma Micron 05 Archival Ink Pen – Black or identi-pen

Baby wipes, Scissors

Paints and Mediums:

DecoArt Media: Matte Medium, Gesso

DecoArt Acrylic: Warm White

DecoArt Holographic Illusions Crystal Ball (or any clear glitter)

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Yellow, Hansa Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow

Medium, Diarylide Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black.

Brushes: set available from www.paintinwithdeb.ca

Dynasty Eye of the Tiger 3/8” Angular shader, Dynasty IPC Medium Flat top Mop, Dynasty IPC Small

Point Blender

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