Today I have some art to share with you . My first piece is for Alison's Summer Countryside challenge at Art Journal Journey.
My page today is an ode to one of the pollinators we need in our countrysides.
Unfortunately not as many honeybees fly around the summer countryside as there used to be. One of the issues is the invasive Varroa mite that can wipe out a honeybee hive in a season. There are many other reasons also, such as climate change, development, and fragmentation of habitat. Although my page is about honeybees, other native bees are also in trouble, so I don't want to forget them.
Plus I wanted to used this new set of stamps I decided I "needed" from Paper Artsy (by Tracy Scott) that had this great bee stamp, and it worked perfect for our latest challenge.
I made this page in my Garden journal and began by painting my background 2 cheery yellow colors. The bee and the honeycombs were stamped on white paper and then colored. The honeycomb was colored with markers and the big bee was sprayed with some yellow paint.
After fussy cutting, I attached the bee and honeycomb, and then stamped this older TH quote around them. I put the sun and moon on the top, and added these little colorful tiny punch outs around the bee to finish off my page.
My second piece of art is a vintage tag for Valerie's challenge at Tag Tuesday.
My background was made with ink and some stamped circles. I then used scraps of some printed tissue paper because otherwise the background was much too modern. This cute girl was cut out of a sheet of vintage images, and in that lounging position she looked a little bit like she was tired, so I took a night theme, as though she was listening to someone read a bedtime story to her.
I used a piece of an old filmstrip, some trim and some metal foil star paper, a quote from a sticker sheet, and then finished my tag with this paper clay moon I made awhile back. I painted it gold for some warmth and contrast.
She is smiling so I guess it was a good story. I hope she falls asleep quickly and has happy dreams.
Since my post has some bee themed art, let me share a few photos of when I opened up and visited my beehive this past Monday morning. I got my husband to snap a few photos for me also.
In this photo below, the capped yellowish honeycomb on the top left is more larva that will probably hatch before my next visit into the hive.
I still haven't seen the queen, but she must be there since there are capped larva. But with so many bees, she'd need to be on top to actually stand out. I definitely have more bees as lots of the larva have hatched and are now full fledged bees.
That's all for me. Hope your dreams are happy also. Thanks for visiting today.