To Kristen Cummings, jelly beans aren’t just a delicious candy—they’re a tool to create beautiful works of art.
The California-based artist has made many extraordinary pieces using tens of thousands of Jelly Belly beans, such as recreations of Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as portraits of George Clooney and other celebrities. The murals are sometimes as small as a shoebox or as large as an executive’s office desk, and often take hours upon hours to complete. For an average piece, she can go through some 20,000 jelly beans, which means can use about 100,000 pieces of the candy a year!
Cummings stopped by the PEOPLE office’s to show us how to create her sweet masterpieces before she heads to New York’s Comic-Con, where she’ll be making a jelly bean portrait of Superman that will be sure to capture the crowd’s attention (and their appetites).