These pieces of art are made entirely out of jelly beans.
Kristen Cumings is one of the only jelly bean artists in the world. Some of her largest pieces are 20 square feet and use roughly 600 jelly beans per square. Her longest piece took close to 300 hours to complete. Each piece can have between 30 and 40 different flavors featured.
Cumings travels all over the world to create her art and has made more than 50 pieces. Some have sold for thousands of dollars.
She has been Jelly Belly’s resident artist since 2009.
Jelly Belly has the biggest collection of jelly bean art in the world. Cumings uses different shades of colors to blend and make the art look 3D. She says the maple syrup and sausage flavors are great for skin tones. There are close to 100 flavors at any given time for her to work with.
Cumings starts with a sketch of the design before using the jelly beans. Glue is used to stick the beans to the canvas, so the artwork isn’t edible, but it lasts a long time. Sometimes the artwork even smells like sweet candy.
Cumings likes the medium because it’s accessible to everyone and it’s a great and fun way for kids to learn about art.