I’m not vintage at all. Not even when it was not so trendy. Have you ever seen anything that is beautiful, black and vintage? There you have the answer, black doesn’t age well, red haired women apparently either.
I didn’t want to give them the old flair they have. Maybe I shouldn’t have used ‘old gold’ as a paint, or Ivory as a base, but it wasn’t on purpose, I mixed it, and that’s how it turned out.
Raise their hands those who don’t have at least a brand new set of unused stencils. Stencils are like the weights you buy thinking about their wonderful results, and then days pass by without using them. Believe it or not, last week I used four different stencils. I started out with the butterflies.
I baked some chocolate cookies, add some black colouring to the dough, and instead of dyeing some royal icing to decorate them, I prepared some edible paint using the electric colours by Americolor. The trick for the paint not to be runny is to make it very thick, almost like a paste, that way it will not get underneath the stencil. In order to get this texture, we need to use very little gin and a lot of white powdered food colouring.
I loved the final result, but when I uploaded the butterflies to Facebook, no one paid them a lot of attention; and I thought it was such a good idea…how awful when people don’t understand your work! But far from being discouraged I decided to ‘go gold’:
As I still needed a very dense paint, to the one in the bottle I added some ‘metallic golden sands’ to get a paste which didn’t drift when lifting the stencil. It took me several attempts:
And that’s all the mystery of these cookies, a paste capable of filling up the holes on the stencils. The first layer is an edible paint, ivory, white and gin, of course.
As you may know by now, that layer dries very fast, but before using the stencil you have to make sure that it doesn’t stain or that it isn’t humid when swiping a finger.
It barely took me half an hour to decorate two dozens of these cookies, it’s a good method if someone asks us for 200 for a wedding.
A big fat kiss, Miriam G.
Thank you Gloria!