Tuesday, December 29, 2015

felted stones

I have a love for stones and have several collections here + there. 
 I also have a bag of wool, a great group of 4 year olds 
and a bowl of suds. What could be better ?
I read up on a couple of DIYs, including one from a fav blog not so sham. 
The process is insanely fun and perfect for little hands. 
They love the soapy water and squishy wool.
From your wool roving,
 pull out small amounts of wool from the top and lay down in a vertical direction. Just make your first layer of wool very fine.
 Add a second layer crosswise. 
And a third layer is laid down across that. 
 Making sure there are no thin spots or holes as you go.
  We made nests for the stones to sit in and 
wrapped the wool roving over the stones, completey covering them.
We then wrapped the wool covered stone in a small piece of cloth, 
that will keep the wool in place to get you started. 

As the wool begins to be felt, it will fit snug around the stone.  
Unwrap the cloth and continue to gently roll stones in between palms.

We continued with the suds and smoothing the wool for a while.
I am sure there are dozens of ways to do this, but we kept it simple. 
And that was the best part. 

to make felted wool stones
wool roving 
river stones
liquid soap
cheese cloth (we used hand wipes) 
small bowl for water

beehive ARTbox


MINI MOUSE HOUSE - create a world of miniatures 
ART CLOCK - design your own clock
BUILD - construct a wood sculpture, structure, building, landscape 
CREATE -  mixed media collage on frames, cards+tags, mini masterpieces

Wow-za! We are so excited about the great ARTbox response we've had!  We've been shipping  ARTboxes all over the country and beyond. 
A smile comes to my face when I think about all of the children who have received 
ARTboxes this  holiday season!  I love sending them out, spreading a piece of
beehive ART to those who cannot visit the studio. No two ARTboxes are the same, every box has a little BEEHIVE surprise. Each ARTbox is prepped and packed at the beehive studio. 

We've got more up our sleeves..   get your ART! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

puppets+puppet theaters+pocket books

I've had the pleasure of creating puppets with a 
great group of children in an after school program. 
 We started with canvas puppets, sharpie and paints. 
Added wooden features and canvas hairdos. 
The theaters are a favorite combo of oil pastel / watercolor resist
 on cardboard with more painted cardboard and wood shapes 
The cherry on top was the puppet pocket book,
 illustrated books about the puppets. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

beehive ART BOXes

My friend Kate stopped by the studio to pick up a few of our new beehive ART BOXes.  While she was in, I asked her to take a few pics of the contents of the kits. 
She has an incredible eye.. I love how she gets into the grit of the teeniest detail.
 She has taken pics of us at beehive over the years and also takes 
incredible family and children portraits.  
Much more about Kate here kerphotography.com


    You can order your beehive ART box  to pick up at the studio OR we can ship to you. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

inspiration right about now

Sometimes you've got what you need at your fingertips. today is one of those days. 
All images from beehive pinterest. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

beehive ART boxes

 WE are so happy to be spreading the word about our beehive ART boxes. We've put together our favorite materials and methods from the studio and put them in a box for you. 
 OPEN the box and explore!   
get your beehive ART box  here 



                                            coming soon.. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

turmeric dye

I've had my eye in this turmeric dye for quite some time. Luckily 
 I came across great inspiration from Ellie Beck at petalplum
If you're itching about natural dyes..
 she is the queen to go to. 
Her blog is chock full of natural goodness and beauty. 
and her  instagram is a daily treat. Thank you Ellie ! 

 I love love this rich yellow color  
and the technique is simple, clean and fun. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

fish prints

   summer ART 2015 fish prints

I love how the kids used the sponges to create coral, water and seaweed.
We used only gold and/or silver paint for the fish.