Artist Creates Wonderful Artworks with Thousands of Jelly Beans

California-based artist Kristen Cumings spends hours on end piecing together detailed works of art out of thousands of colorful jelly beans. Needless to say her pieces look good enough to eat.

Although it must be fun working with jelly beans for a living, making 4 x 6 feet murals out of them is definitely painstaking work. Cumings uses between 8,000 and 12,000 jelly beans for her stunning masterpieces and it takes over 50 hours to complete each one. She starts the artistic process by looking at a close up of the reference photo, and then visualizes where each colored jelly bean has to go. She then paints an acrylic version of the photo on a blank canvas, and once that dries, she begins applying the small beans and tries to match the colors as best she can. The painter/illustrator uses spray adhesive to make sure the jelly beans stick, and usually likes to start her artworks by recreating the main features, like the eyes and nose. Then she just starts applying the other jelly beans from the bottom up until the piece is completed.

I first heard about Kristen Cumings jelly bean art when we posted the innovative music video of singer/songwriter  Kina Grannis, which was created out of a total of 280,000 jelly beans , over a period of two years. That was literally the sweetest music video I have ever seen, and a truly monumental achievement for Kristen. In the past, she was also asked to make a series of jelly bean paintings, including portraits of various celebrities and recreations of famous works of art, by the iconic Jelly Belly company.








via My Modern Metropolis

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  • Tomi Posted on May 6, 2012

    I’m the director of communications for Jelly Belly Candy Company and noticed your post. We couldn’t help but clarify that the music video for Kina Grannis was NOT the work of Kristen Cumings. It was designed by stop motion expert Greg Jardin of Los Angelels. He has been quoted as saying he was inspired by the private collection of Jelly Belly Art our company owns. We have commissioned over 100 different pieces from different artists over the years. Many of the Jelly Belly portraits are on display at our public tours in California. You can also see the collection online on our website