I knew that I had seen people make embroidered looking flowers with royal icing on cakes before. I just didn't know what it was called or how to do it. So, I asked the lady at my local cake and candy store and she said, "Oh, you're talking about brush embroidery and all you need is a paintbrush!" So I picked up a paintbrush and went home to google "brush embroidery." I found lots of beautiful inspiration and instruction. Here are a few links to inspire you as well: Wilton, flikr, Ali Bee's Bake Shop, Sweet Ambs, sugarcraft. And you better bet that you can find this on Callye's site too!
I armed myself with some sugar pearls, tweezers to place them and a new clean paintbrush.
You will need to start with a cookie that has a base layer that has dried for about 24 hrs. You also need to sit down with a brush, glass of water, paper towel and white royal icing that is about 20 seconds thick. In my attempt to make a rose, I started with one petal at a time. After it was piped I brushed about 2 times, rinsed in the water and dried on the paper towel. Then I did a few more brush strokes and repeated until I had one whole petal. Then I moved onto the next petal. Once I made it all the way around, I let it dry as I went onto other cookies. Then I came back and repeated the same steps in the inner petals. Once I did the 3rd circle of petals, I put a dot of icing in the center and placed my sugar pearls on.
If you want your flowers thicker like the one below, just use a bigger tip for your white icing. This one was a three and the ones above were done with a #2 tip.
I tried lots of different flower shapes, but the rose was my favorite.
I wanted to make some lace-ish cookies so I checked out this old box of lace (what a treasure that I inherited) and saw that all lace is not created equal. They are all so different, so you really can't go wrong.
But I applied the brush technique to parts of my lace cookies and topped them off with some pearls too!
All of these were done without my projector. I pretty much made them up as I went, having no plan before time. I know it's not like me at all, but every once in a while, I live on the edge!
This one was done with no brush technique but I'm still qualifying it as vintage.
But I did use the brush technique to create a little vintage frame, cookie style! You can see that I just did a scalloped border and pulled in with the brush. Then I went over the frosting with silver luster dust. After that, I piped a border and put the pearls on. And in an attempt to go with the trends, I left the frame empty. The empty frame trend is big! Too bad I didn't make several of them and put them in a collage on my wall. Hehe!
I got a kick out of trying this new technique and making vintage cookies. I used some of these ideas in a vintage style wedding recently! We'll be sharing those wedding details soon! But for the rest of the week, Callye and I will continue to share our pinterest inspired cookies with you!