I have to start this by sending apologies to Maggie Austin Cake.
After taking one of her two day workshops on classic sugar roses and
reading her book, (Maggie Austin Cake: Artistry and Technique)
I thought the easiest thing for me to try alone
were the painted cookies that she so elegantly designed.
I decided to stay away from Maggie's lovely Impressionist
painted cookies. So, for my first crude designs
and not knowing how the few colors and petal dusts I had would work
I plunged into trying to paint trees and then a simple blossom.
Feeling the first attempts were messy and bland .........I wanted color.
Remembering Gene Davis' striped paintings I tried mixing bright colors.
Using some old paste food color I had I soon discovered that
they take forever to dry and keep coming off on my hands and clothes.
What a mess. Maggie mentioned using Vodka and paper towels help erase.
I erased a lot over the weeks I worked on these cookies.
Continuing into thinking of simple styles by past artists I thought,
"AHA, Jackson Pollack and his drip paintings"
The only trouble was I could not get the paint to drip
so ended up just scribbling with layers of color.
Then remembering the pointillists....tried dots without a design in mind.
This group of 4 cookies are designs that I let develop.
You have to let each color dry before continuing although
I tried to watercolor with vodka and some colors ran together.
Tried Munch's Scream a couple of times and
ended up erasing a lot of the dark color I had layered
that kept running together.
I had invested in two black food pens that were not
fine tips so used a lot of black by accident.
Just playing with colors and trying light and dark shades.
Each cookie is approximately 3 inches in diameter.
These are sugar cookies (recipe in Maggie's book)
and covered with white fondant before the painting began.
I had bought some wafer paper and tried steaming it as Maggie mentioned.
Instead I found that painting it gave some 3D shape.
I drew on the wafer paper, colored it and then cut it out.
Using piping gel I glued the small images to the painted cookies.
I have a lot to learn and need a lot more equipment
and certainly more colors and pens and time.
For now I will go back to textiles and using some thread
and fabric, work again with a medium I know a bit more about.
But, this has been a fun adventure and who knows what else may happen.