So today should be about journal prompts but I’ve decided to go with the 30 Day Challenge by Kent Wildlife Trust. It’s something I do every year and get a lot out of it so I thought you might like to join me?
It’s as simple as it sounds, you do something to benefit or increase your knowledge/enjoyment of your local wildlife every day for 30 days.
This could be something like feeding the birds, which is how I’ve kicked my challenge off, or learning to spot 5 new species of wildlife (including insects, let’s be all inclusive people!), going for a walk in the woods, feeding the ducks or planting some new flowers. As long as it’s about nature and wildlife you can do anything!
I would love to see your progress so stay in touch!
Did you know that the Notre Dame in Paris had a thriving colony of bees before the tragic fire of April 2019? Me neither! But it did! This wonderful colony took up residence there in 2013 and were looked after by apiarist (posh name for bee keeper) Nicolas Géant.
It’s been hailed a miracle that the bees survived the toxic smoke and flames of the building, as it turns out the flames didn’t reach them and carbon dioxide makes the bees really sleepy, so they were just basically super chilled during the whole thing! Phew!
In times of crisis European bees gorge themselves on honey and prepare for war, when something like this occurs where carbon dioxide is present they will all snuggle around their queen to protect her. It’s like a fairy tale!
Sibyle Moulin has been looking after them since they decided to stay in the sacristy roof, she reports that they are thriving in the blackened building and carrying on as if nothing happened. Go bees!
For today’s post I enlisted the help of 2 of my dearest friends from Judacia in the Spotlight, Sarah and 13, who were only too happy to assist. This is a quick 20 minute craft you can do with both adults and kids alike.
Now, none of us are professional fondant sculptor’s but we wanted to show that anyone, no matter what their skill level can have a go at making them. We decided to make a bee as it seemed appropriate to go with the blog, but you can make any animal you desire.
You will need:
Fondant (in desired colours, or with food colouring, or icing pens)
Sculpting tools (this is optional, you may get away with just using your fingers, or a cutlery knife you have at home)
Sugar paper (You can use normal paper if you like)
Obviously if you are planning on eating your bee then you will need to either remove the non edible bits first or make them out of fondant.
Using the pictures above to guide you, follow the step by step instructions below.
Gather all ingredients and wash your hands! You will start off with a small lump of fondant which will easily mould into an oval shape, this is when you will add the food colouring if you are using it. Be careful, a little bit of food colouring goes a long way (speaking from experience here!).
If you have icing pens you can use them to draw the bee’s stripes across the body, for a more snazzy bee you can make the lines more jagged to give the bee fluff effect. Alternatively you can make them out of fondant and gently place across the body.
Next come the legs, stinger and antennae, 13 decided to make these out of cocktail sticks to help with the structural integrity of the bee but you can make them out of fondant if you wish. Remember that bees have 6 legs, 1 stinger and 2 antennae. 13 coloured the ends of cocktail sticks in and cut them to size.
The face. You can make this as expressive as you want, we went for a simple cute bee smile using icing pens, but you can make them out of fondant too.
The final step is the wings, ours were made from paper to ensure they stood up but you can use sugar paper or fondant if you are eating the bees. Remember to draw on or make the veins in the bees wings!
And there you have it! A fondant bee!
I would like to thank 13 and Sarah for their time and efforts, if you are interested in Jewish Art and Culture them why not pay them a visit? They write wonderful articles on the artist’s behind the work.
I would love to see your bee’s if you decide to try it, feel free to ask any questions, I’m always happy to answer them.