Hi Fellow Cookie Lovers,
Spring is finally in the air and I’ve been working on cookies with a ton of colors lately. I thought it would be nice to share a fun project with you – Festive Owls. I’m thinking my next project for my blog will be festive flowers so tune in for that upcoming blog! Tons of fun, I promise!
I don’t own an Owl Cookie Cutter so I use my egg cutter and my oval cutter and I simply cut out a piece from the top of each to create an owl design. If I happen to find an Owl Cutter that I like and is a good size I’ll purchase it but to-date, I haven’t found anything I really like yet.
I cut a couple of cookies using my egg and oval cutters (First Photo). I then took a small egg cutter and a round scalloped cutter and cut off the tops of the original shapes to create the head of the owls (Second Photo). I saved the cutouts to use as wings on the Oval Owls (Third Photo).
I then outlined each of the cookies and flooded in the main colors. For the wings, I used a simple wet-on-wet technique using a base dot color and then a lighter dot color on top of that. I did let these dry overnight…not because I’m a patient person…because I knew I would be adding even more layers and texture to the cookies and if I make a mistake it’s easier to correct on totally dry cookies. Soooo, try to let them dry overnight.
A little side note about the picture above. If you don’t do this already, you may want to try this with any leftover royal icing you don’t want to throw out. Whenever I have extra royal icing that is too loose to make roses with, I make all different size dots and store them for a project such as this one. I also use them for my Colorful Flowers as the centers and it saves me a ton of time decorating. I sometimes use a template to ensure they actually come out round but sometimes I just wing it! Below, you can see how I used different color dots to start the Owls’ eyes.
I chose some of the colorful dots for the eyes of each of the owls and attached them with royal icing. In the second picture where the owls have the scalloped head, you can see the lines (a bit hard to see, however-sorry) I drew in using the wings as a guide so I could place the eyes knowing when I attach the wings they won’t be in the way. That’s important when you’re doing the 2-D Owls.
I then split my owls into two projects; the first are the one dimensional Owls. I outlined the eyes with a flowering sort of design and outlined the nose (above). I then flooded the nose, drew in a design for the wings and outlined and flooded the chest of the owls (above). You can see in the photo above, I went ahead and flooded the wings. Then I simply added a highlight color above the chest half circle, added dots to the ear section and added some orange dots around the eyes. I have to admit I started to get a little crazy with the colors at this point. Go crazy with color on your first project; you can always scale back when you make them again, but have fun and explore. Make the first set for yourself, they are equally as fun to EAT!!
And these are the owls completed (made from the Egg Cutter). I used both Royal Icing and food markers to add the remaining details. I’ve been exploring with the food writers lately and they come in handy for some lighter details but I’m not totally sold on the full value of them. I like the FooDoodlers better than the Wilton fine tips but all of the food writers’ tips do “smash” in a bit and get thicker. They have their value but I get more mileage from Royal Icing and a paint brush. Try them yourself – I’d suggest fine or extra fine tips as the regular tips sold in most Craft Stores are way too thick to have much value in the design process. I do, however, use the food writers a lot for outlining some preliminary guidelines and for this purpose they are invaluable.
Okay, moving on to the Owls made using the Oval Cutter. For these Owls, I also used the cutouts I had when I cut the head of the Owls out. I thought they’d make nice wings. In hindsight, ehhh, they make it a bit more interesting but I think the one dimensional owls are equally as nice and faster to make. But, see how you like the process of adding dimension to yours.
First (Photo Above), I outlined a scalloped design on the top of the Owls and used a wet-on-wet technique for the wings.
Then, I added those same pre-made dots for the eyes.
After adding the eyes, I added the nose by outlining it first and then flooding it. I then outlined the top scallop with a contrasting color to make it stand out a bit more.
Okay, yes, I went a “little” crazy with the colors and designs. Next time I’d tone it down a bit but like I said earlier, go crazy, you get a better sense of what you like and don’t like only with trial and error. I rarely sketch things out on paper – too impatient. I think it works for a lot of Cookiers but I’d rather just grab a variety of colors and tips and “wing it” – no pun intended. 🙂 Time to add the wings.
In order to add the wings, I needed to have something underneath each of the wings that was level with the cookie itself so the wings were flat against the body of the Owls. I then let them dry for about and hour. And…wha-la…Festive Owls.
Kinda fun…don’t you think? Definitely learned some lessons along the way and I’m inspired to do another set using those lessons. I hope you try something festive. Make up a batch of four or five colors, use several different size tips and explore. I think you’ll be surprised how easy it can be!