Hello Fellow Cookie Lovers,
This week I took part in Julia Usher’s Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge on her Cookie Connection website. If you are not familiar with the site, it is a fantastic resource for learning, sharing, and being inspired by EVERYTHING cookies.
This recent challenge was to take inspiration from a Pinterest Board created from gorgeous pictures of an Istanbul trip that were taken by Christine of Bakerloo Station on Facebook.
I’ve been exploring with several new techniques this year and I decided to use hand-painting, piping and wafer paper for this challenge. I thought I would share with you how the creative process occurs and how this cookie actually came about. This post is intended to primarily show you the hand-painting and piping process more so than the wafer paper process as I am still new to wafer paper and have only used it as accents in my cookies thus far.
To start, I was inspired by these two photographs (below) of tiles posted on the Pinterest board. Additionally, I loved the blue-green, sea colors and wanted to utilize them as well. I wanted there to be movement in the cookies and, of course, have texture, which I always try to achieve in my cookies.
I tried to do a mosaic technique at first and really did not like the outcome. So, I decided to use a large cookie cutter and cut it into smaller pieces, similar to creating mosaics. I was then free to design each of the individual cookies as tiles.
Painting the Base
After icing the cookie and letting it dry overnight, I used Teal and Sky Blue (Wilton colors) to paint some designs on which to build.
You can see in the photo, I used a plastic template to create the swirly teal design. I can usually free-hand my designs but for this cookie set I knew I wanted the pattern to be very consistent in order to get “movement” in the design.
Next, I went ahead and added some green to the cookies and darkened it a bit on the one edge with navy blue to get some depth.
Once I was happy with the base painting, I moved on to the piping part of the process.
Piping the Design
I used four colors for the piping: Teal, Navy Blue, Grey, and White (All Wilton Colors. White is plain RI without coloring added). I started with the navy blue as I wanted this to be the predominant detail color. I piped an outline on each of the shapes with a number 1.5 tip. Note: I tend to use a very small tip like this as I use a looser icing to pipe than most Cookiers. Use what feels comfortable to you.
Next, I added some grey by outlining inside the teal shape and creating a scalloped edge to each of the cookies. This was done using a number 1 tip.
When I get to this stage of a cookie, where most of the overall design of the cookie is in place, I really use a freestyle form to add the details and dots. I started by adding detail in white using a number 1.0 tip. I added dots and some leaf-like detail over the navy blue colors.
I then moved on to adding details in navy blue and then finished up with adding the teal details. The teal was used on the outer edge of the cookie, as very tiny dots around the grey scalloped edging, and few details along the leaf-like design. The navy blue was used for the remaining designs.
Adding Some Whimsy
At this point, you could really be finished with the cookie. I, however, have been exploring with wafer paper and wanted to added something a bit whimsical to the cookie design. I’ll not go through the wafer paper process as I am certainly not a pro at it yet, but included it in the final picture so you could see how the overall design changed with this little addition.
I hope you’ll try some hand-painting with detailed piping over it as it is so much fun and takes very little to accomplish something creative. The wafer paper, hmmmm, I really like working with it and I am getting better at it and would recommend it as well, but, you really do need to have a lot of patience for that process! You’ll see more wafer paper in my upcoming posts as I find more and more ways to add some creative and different elements to my cookies. Hopefully I’ll get good enough to show you some of the techniques with wafer paper in the near future.
Pictured below are some other designs that used this very same process to show you the diversity you can achieve with this painting and then piping technique.
I hope you have enjoyed the post and feel inspired to create some whimsy of your own!
Have fun fellow Cookie Lovers,