Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Collaboration....

Besides these little cuties....








..... this little logo was the last thing my husband and I collaborated on. I drew the froggy guy and he did all the hard work coloring and designing the layout. I think he did a great job and am so proud of him!!! Of us!!! Now to tweak my cookie logo....


Sunday, January 22, 2012

If  you haven't checked it out, cookies are my newest adventure. I have a Blog and a Facebook page. Recently 22 other cookie makin' women decided to do a fun "Virtual Baby Shower" based upon various fairytale characters. Mine as you can see, was Mulan.

I really wanted a chance here to challenge myself and really combine my love of drawing with my new found love of cookie decorating. So I decided to try a royal icing transfer. For those who don't know, a Royal Icing transfer is made from that really hard icing-Royal Icing. It is piped on to acetate or parchment paper/wax paper and left to dry, just as you would a cookie. But when it is dry you slowly peel it off the paper and place it on the wet icing of a cookie, cake etc.

This was so exciting for me, I could actually take an original drawing (Which I will always love. Drawing, sketching, getting the side of my hand dirty with black or blue pencil. Those who draw alot can relate ;) and place it on a cookie. Well, sounded good in theory.

Here is a little bit of my process.
I started out with a rough sketch. Then I cleaned it up to a single line thinking of how I would be piping lines instead of pencil lines. It's a totally thought process.

Then I decided what colors I would be using and plotted them out on a color sketch. After I have decided what would be piped black and what would be colored, came the job I so do NOT enjoy... mixing icing colors. Just tedious.





 Then I took the cleaned up sketch and taped it to a hard surface. In this case I use my kids Robert Munch book. On top of that sketch I taped a sheet of wax paper. Why? Well, honestly because I felt like I could see through the wax paper better than parchment and I didn't have any acetate. But if I had to do it again I would definitely not use wax paper. I found moisture leaked out of the icing causing the paper to bubble a little, making the transfer warped. And that is why next time I will probably use a sheet of acetate instead.

After it was dried, a few days, I slowly peeled it off and placed it on a freshly iced cookie. And proceeded to decorate as per usual.

And this is what I ended up with. Because it bubbled a little, the transfer broke in half as I was placing it on the cookie. But I just used the icing as paint and "repaired it." Then I used food color as paint and painted on the face on Mulan and the eyes on Lil' Brother. Overall I am happy with how my first transfer turned out. Its all a learning experience!


Thanks for stopping by! :)
~Krista