Kylie here, to explain how my mom and I paint our hives here at Drebbieville.
It's very simple, but we think it has a cool effect.
On a Drebbieville hive, the front (the part you paint typically) is removable from the hive, and your bees can still function because there's an inner wall.
That was a feature added special for my mom and I, I'd like to think because the first time we painted AZ hives, we had to do it outside in the dark, with bees in the boxes.
Anyhow, We first paint a layer of white on the fronts, since our hives come with natural unpainted wood.
After that dries, we start adding strips of painter's tape, creating geometric shapes and patterns.
Then we paint!
We like to add blobs of paint from the bottle directly to the hive and use cheap foam brushes to dab and blend the colors out.
We (try) to wait for the paint to dry all the way and then peel off the tape.
This part is very satisfying.
There's always a few places where the paint gets under the tape slightly, so just touch up carefully with a small brush and your base coat paint.
Spray on a couple coats UV resistant urethane or varnish (do this outdoors..)
and there you have it! That's how we achieve this colorful look.