GUEST POST: Beehive Painting Tutorial


June is here. I’m sooooo happy. Cuz you know what happens in June right? That’s right, baby Olivia is coming. The countdown is official on. WOHOO!!!

I’m so touched by the response I got from my post The Things I Learned While Carrying a Little Pea Inside My Pod. It’s been unreal to feel such overwhelming joy + support for the arrival of Olivia. Thank you aunties. It’s certainly made my final days of pregnancy so lovely.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be popping in with a nursery tour + baby inspired crafty tutorials + hopefully (if my increasingly demanding nap schedule allows it) some business related articles, like How to Run a Biz Empire When All You Feel Like Doing is Pin Baby Clothes or Sleep.

Today, I invited someone real special to step in + give me an extra hand + show us how to make a gorgeous Beehive Painting. I may or may not have mentioned my current obsession with all thing bumble bee + how I’m planning to giveaway wild honey jars at the hospital as favors for all those who come to bee-sit baby Olivia, so if you start noticing a theme going on around here, I assume full responsibility.

Without further ado, here’s the super talented Gaby Friedman:

Hi everyone! My name is Gaby Friedman. Painting is one of my passions and today I am very excited because I am going to be Mayi’s guest blogger. Please join me as I demonstrate how to create this painting. This easy technique is perfect for a nursery.

Watercolor is one of my favorite painting mediums to work with because of the way the pigment responds on your paper and for the transparency and glow that you can achieve.


To get started, here are the supplies that you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Any kind of watercolors (I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated Watercolors)
  • Watercolor paper of your preference
  • Big round paint brush
  • Paper towels to soak up excess water and paint
  • Squeeze punch large-hexagon, 1.5″


Step 1: We are going to fill the entire paper with different shades of yellow and black.  So let’s start by applying clean water on the paper.



Step 2: Put a little drop of yellow watercolor onto the wet paper and keep applying color while it is wet. I recommend that you let the colors bleed in order to create a nice background to work with. I used lemon yellow, orange and black because we are going to create a geometric beehive painting. Feel free to choose your own combination of colors.


Step 3: Continue doing the same exercise until you cover the entire sheet of paper.

Step 4: Paint a second layer if you would like to have a fuller background.




Step 5: When it’s dry, cut or punch plenty of hexagons from your paper and mix up the colors.


Step 6: Create a border to work within. Arrange the hexagons, lining them up neatly. You can either fill in the hole space or leave some white spots.



Step 7: Once you’re happy with the placement, glue down the hexagons one at a time.


Step 8: Place your artwork into a frame and your masterpiece is ready to hang in your bumble bee nursery.

I hope this easy tutorial will inspire you to pick up a brush and make your own piece of art for your little one. I promise you will have a fun and exciting time.

You can find me at my three homes on the web: my website, my Etsy store, my Society6 shop and Facebook. I just added lots of art prints to my stock on Etsy. Please stop by my shop and have a look!


  1. So stylish! Love this tutorial! Mayi, I wish you all the best through the final stages of your pregnancy! You’re almost there! Bumble bees are awesome. I’ve always loved them too. I have had a honey bee design in my shop for several years now and they have been a great seller for me so I guess we’re not alone! Enjoy these last weeks of nesting and getting ready for Olivia’s arrival!

  2. Hi Mayi,

    Once again thanks for this great opportunity! I am glad I was able to give you a break.
    I hope everyone enjoys learning how to create this gorgeous painting.


  3. Good luck with your delivery! Can’t wait to see pictures of Olivia! How about showing us some pictures of your nursery? I’m sure it’s adorable! I used bees as a them for my classroom one year when I was teaching second grade- so fun!

  4. I love how something so simple can look so sophisticated. 🙂 I have enjoyed “playing” with watercolors with my son lately. And it’s so neat to see that there is such a thing as concentrated watercolors. Thanks for this great blog post, Gaby.

    Mayi, we are so blessed to have honey bees on our planet, aren’t we? My love for honey has skyrocketed in the last couple of years. #bestfoodever

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