How to Make a Bean Picture
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Spend a day with Cherie Lynn as she shows you and your kids how to have fun creating art. In this video, you'll learn how to make a bean picture.


We’re here to make some Bean Pictures. We’ve got a variety of beans here and you could take a picture that you already have made and decorate it with the beans or you could start with something fresh. I'm just going to go ahead here and draw a little house, okay and you have to keep this kind of simple because you have to remember that if you do things that are a little too complicated or have too small of details, it’s going to be really difficult to fill them with the beans. You have to remember what your material is that you’re using. So we’ll put a tree here. I’m going to put a little tree—smaller tree here okay and a sun and you just need your brush and your little cup of water to keep your brush from drying and getting like a big chunk of plastic and we’re going to go ahead in the same thickness. You can do pretty thick polymer. You could use the split piece here for our grass and we’ll just sprinkle those in there. Okay I’ve put my grass down, looks really realistic and now I’m just going to go ahead and put some thick polymer down. Open the sky and I think I’m going to use these white navy beans—are kind of off-white and this you can kind to sprinkle down but then you want to kind to move them around so they’re in a single layer. Okay I edit some trees. I finished my clouds. I’ve got my sun and now I’m just going to go ahead and finish the house and I’m going to do that with the red beans and actually if you just kind of sprinkle them on, then you can move them into place. In that way you’re catching some glue to and it will stay down a little bit better. Now you could after we finish the house. You could pick a color and cover the whole background with another kind of bean or you can do what we’re going to do. I’m going to actually use glitter to fill in the background and I want to use something dark and contrasting that will make the beans stand out. Just be certain that when you’re drawing that you make your beans cover up your outline otherwise you’re going to see outline and then beans and probably rather just see the beans create the outline by themselves. So just have to draw it lightly and then you don’t have to worry about it. Now I need a roof. Put some polymer down there. Just sprinkle them down there. We’ll put a little chimney there. Just put—there we go. So we finish this one and there’s our little bean picture and don’t forget to wash your brush and this has to dry just a bit. Okay we’ve got our dried bean picture and what we’re going to do next is apply some glitter to this. Now one thing you need to know about glitter is—wherever you put glue that’s were the glitters going to want to go. If you don’t put any glue there, the glitter might fall there but it’s not going to stay. So I’m just going to go ahead and start to put some polymer medium down. It’s great for doing large areas of glitter. If you want to do lines of glitter—Elmer’s glue is always going to be a little bit better for you. Originally I was going to do black glitter but I think because we got a black roof probably this bright blue is probably going to work out a lot better for us. I’d like to put some paper underneath here just so that when I sprinkle the glitter off it will be easier to get it back into the container. Okay just so you get an idea of how it’s going to look. And then I’m going to go ahead and paint this. You don’t want to put the glitter on the picture unless it’s completely dry. Otherwise you’re going to end up with glitter mix in with all your beans and you’re going to lose whole effect of having the contrast between the shiny beans and the sparkly glitter okay because you got two different kinds of materials and you’re trying to keep them separated from each other. So the only way to do that is to wait for the first material to dry completely. Okay we just got this little part left to do here and I see a place where it’s not quite staying. So I’m going to put a little bit more and there we have it. Of course, you just need to remember that if you don’t get it the first time you can always go back add a little bit more polymer, sprinkle—I see I missed a few little spots here and you just go back with your glitter and sprinkle it where you want it to go. And one very last thing you could do after everything is dry—is you could get some pipe cleaners and maybe hot glue, an edge of pipe cleaners all the away around the edge just to make it look like it has a little picture frame around it. So there you have it, your bean picture with a glitter background. Enjoy! The simple picture on a piece of cardboard. Apply a thick coating of polymer in a small area of one bean color. Slide beans into places close as possible. Repeat this process for the entire picture. Allow the glue to dry completely before adding your glitter background. Remember to place a scrap of paper under your project to catch any loose glitter.