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Artist Creates Stunning Works Of Art With Jelly Beans

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

When you see Kristen Cummings craft studio you might think, “Wow, this woman sure loves beads.” However, upon second look, perhaps even the odor of the room, you’ll soon realize Kristen isn’t working with jewelry beads, she’s working with jelly beans.

Her works of art are so stunning, the company Jelly Belly considers her an artist in residence. Kristen is able to recreate stunning works of art like the “Mona Lisa” and even celebrity portraits like Elvis with her interesting food technique.

It takes her about seven days and 12,000 jelly beans to create her special works. With her unusual technique, not only can she eat her mistakes, but it also creates a 3D-like effect.

“Using more than one different kind of blue or different kind of red will allow me to create a sense of depth and three-dimensionality even though it’s a two-dimensional surface,” Kristen told CBS. “And it’s just more interesting to look at… If it’s jelly beans, you can eat your mistakes.

It really doesn’t get better than that!”

What do you think of this jelly bean art? Would you ever try to make one of these portraits at home? Let us know in the comments.

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