London,
21
April
2017
|
01:01
Europe/London

Remarkable portrait of the Queen made entirely from Jelly Belly jelly beans

For those who think it should be made a crime not to eat Jelly Belly jelly beans at every opportunity, the whole concept of Jelly Belly Art may pass them by.  However - just look at this magnificent portrait of the Queen!    It was first created 15 years ago to celebrate Her Majesty's Golden Jubillee.  Today it marks the Queen's 91st birthday.    Isn't it fabulous ?

The portrait was created by Roger Rocha who  explained how it was done: "First I took a rough pencil drawing, using a much loved photograph of Her Majesty. Then I painted a tight colour composition upon which I create the mosaic of Jelly Belly jelly beans. To do this, I soaked the jelly beans in clear glue, wet the painting with more glue, and then slid the appropriately coloured beans into position. I mix a variety of colours in any one area to create an impressionistic look with vibrating colours, and used as many of the 100 different flavours of Jelly Belly beans to create an exciting effect. I treat each bean like a gem - and laying each one of over 10,000 beans is a very painstaking process. But the effect is very exciting"

  • Of the 100 jelly belly jelly bean flavours  30 were used for the Queen’s portrait including Very Cherry, Blueberry, Berry Blue, Coconut, Island Punch, Café Latte, Toasted Marshmallow, Liquorice, Pi┼ła Colada, Strawberry Cheesecake, Tangerine and Red Apple.

This mouth watering masterpiece measures 1.2m x 1.2m and weighs 30 kilos For the portrait, more than 10,000 jelly belly jelly beans were meticulously applied individually.

The royal portrait took six weeks to create.