narrowing down fonts. fancy!
Monday, November 9, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Thank you to Jef for his order of Dia de los Muertos skulls and mermaids!
The mermaid shape is actually a Disney Pocahontas in a kind of heroine stance with her hair blowing, I just bent her a little so she'd have a dolphin-like swoop. and of course the Ariel palette, but with Ginger Grant make-up, and some pearl bling. (are we still saying "bling"?) stay tuned, I have Halloween/baby/barista cuteness on the way.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A recent Sunday found the family and I at the in-laws celebrating 3 occasions at once—the co-birthday party of nephew Andrew and niece Grace (that Sunday being about the midpoint between their birthdays) and the 45th wedding anniversary of Jeff’s Ps, Bobbi and Wayne. Andrew picked blue, Grace picked teal, and I made airbrushed lizards and butterflies for the kids. For the happy couple, I made blossoms in their wedding colors, peach and white. I added a few in coral for fun, and some yellow sugar “pollen” for sparkle. Happy birthday/birthday/anniversary to you, may there be many more years!
The lizard to the right has a smooshy tail, because it was humid. Commercial kitchens, which I intend to utilize more, are more climate controlled than my home, where I bake for my family. I will be more into the business of selling cookies for real—licensed, insured, business-carded, advertised, vending to your local businesses, teaching(?), and stocking your parties with awesome treats—in the coming weeks. So tell your friends! (striking a superhero stance)
These hearts were to welcome a baby girl. I have no other details, but “welcome!” to the little one. The little-kid-like scribble flowers were a similar technique to the purple flowers on…
…these cakes, for a bridal shower in Milwaukee. Cousin-in-law Kati ordered them, and took delivery of them after I elected to take care of 2 tasks at once: to get the cookies delivered to her, and to give myself 2 hours off. I accomplished this by driving to Milwaukee. I love and miss driving—all I do in the suburbs is short trips to the same places. Driving on 94 through that rolling, half-green (it was march), nowhere of space between Chicagoland and when you start seeing outlet malls after the WI border, is like driving across the steppes of Russia, dotted with business parks and RV dealerships and the like. I imagined that I wasn’t headed for a Starbucks at a busy intersection, but a hut in Ulaanbaatar. But Starbucks it was, and we all had somewhere to be, so we agreed to get a real family gathering going at some point. And then I was on my way east across Russia again.
Finally, here are some bits o’beach I did for my kiddo’s school’s Daddy-Daughter dance, the theme of which was “under the sea.” Fondant shells and pearl dragees, and 3 kinds of sand colored sugar made little seaside circles sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by; coming soon, Shakespeare…
Thursday, February 26, 2015
And the other pile of pictures I’m sitting on was from Elgin’s first annual Fringe Fest. I took part because if I look at everything as a no, I won’t do anything, right? So here was a never before art show for artist who were not quite mainstream and I thought, yes, let’s see what can happen here. I inquired, was (enthusiastically, I might add) encouraged to join in the fun, and after much daydreaming, I narrowed it down to my five favorite (that week) shapes.
I participated on a Saturday, first at the Family Fringe Fest, in a wee park in the middle of town. Here’s my table…
I chose shapes and techniques based on what I thought would demonstrate my skills as an artist. I don’t usually use that word self-reflectively, as art is usually in the eye of the beholder, but if I were to attempt to convince you that lovely things can happen on a cookie, as well as a on canvas or stage, I’d have to bring the good stuff. So I brought:
Rockets—a composite shape, and the airbrushed water-color spots make the moons look nice and cratered.
Asters--A mini fondant cutter added extra petals to a sun shape, with multiple shades of yellow to accentuate the wavy contours of the petals.
Grapes—each grape was a piped dot, sugared in 2 shades of purple, or brushed with purple pearl dust. They were gorgeous up close. It’s also a composite shape that I made with a mini maple leaf and an upside-down Christmas tree.
Geckos—aqua blue, like a gecko isn’t, with little arabesque gold dots. Scales are so unevolved, right? These were the hot seller—they might be my favorite too.
And the fest was selling stenciled t-shirts with the twitter hashtag #EFFit. So I made a few myself with a homemade stencil and some “paint splatters” with my airbrush.
When the Family portion ended, I packed up and finished up the afternoon and evening outside the Side Street Studio Arts, so incoming ticket buyers would see my wares. I did well, but probably could have gotten away with simpler designs for less. The kids wanted cookies no matter what they looked like. But I wasn’t there to “sell” my baking skills, though I always bring them of course, I really did want to make this hard on myself as an illustrator—making them in volume, and making them awesome. And I did it. And if I have the space and time this summer, I expect I’ll be signing up again. So see you on the fringe ;)
Monday, February 23, 2015
There is so much I've done, and so little I've posted for you. Here's a speed round, and a heap of apologies for keeping you waiting:
Prettiest first, these were from a bridal show last summer.
Also from last summer, ice cream...
...and patriotic pinwheel stars.
a Minion birthday...
...and a Scooby-Doo birthday (H is for Hannah).
my sister-in-law, Kristi's birthday
this poor little guy I found on my phone from late 2013!
Battle of the Books at the library. (b.o.b for apples, eh?)
for the kiddo's Halloween fun fair at school
more Halloween fun, with airbrushing and plastic bugs
and a Clifford the Big Red Dog themed "Paws to Read" event at the library. Those bone sprinkles did double duty in graveyard pudding dirt cups for Halloween.
Not far behind, I've got last summer's Fringe Fest where yours truly was the only food artist. And coming up, a Midsummer Nights Dream, a vintage clothing show, barista aprons, and everything I've been taking pictures of at work with the work phone--just gotta email the darn pics to my computer and I'll be good to go! I hope you all have a splendid week, and may stay warm! Now I gotta run to OfficeMax...
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Elgin Fringe Fest; suggestions welcome for shapes to bake. so far i'm seriously considering mermaids...