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Spelling Bee is bee-decked with bee-utiful bees! In addition to the classic bee toy and vintage BEE HIVE corn syrup tin, the half-erased words on the chalkboard are all bee related and the blocks say “spell bee”. Can you see that I am bee-sotten?
The background Spelling Bee is a chalkboard from the school days of yore, so unlike the whiteboards and computer screens of modern classrooms. My goal is to provide an almost tactile experience, where you practically feel the chalk on your fingertips as you view the image.
To achieve the chalkboard look, I drew on the painted surface with white oil pastels, then erased, similar to how you would with a real chalkboard.
The Fisher-Price Buzzy Bee toy was popular with a whole generation who were kids in the 50s and 60s. The pull toy came in several models, including Queen Bee, complete with crown. The vintage corn syrup tin is from the 30s.
If you would like to see more on my chalkboard effect, I invite you to view this video: