Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My First Fondant Cake

I had the privilege of making a cake for my friend Amber's baby shower last week. It was the first one I've ever done, and to be honest, it was really difficult. I don't think fondant is my friend... However, Wilton's recipe for Marshmallow fondant is amazing and super easy to make! If you make cakes, you should totally check it out. Oh, and I found a tip on fondant that I'm sure you will appreciate: after adding the first amount of powdered sugar, when it comes time to knead it, throw it in your KitchenAid and let the dough hook knead it for you. For a girl with messed up wrists, this was a lifesaver!

Aside from laying the fondant on the cake, the hardest part for me was the little animals, since I made my own modeling chocolate. I have the feeling that next time will be much easier though, since I know what to expect. The funnest part, surprisingly, was piping in the letters. I absolutely loved doing that! Must be the graphic designer in me... All in all, I had a blast making it and am very happy with how it turned out. And now that I know I can do it, making Levi's birthday cakes will be so much fun!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tawny Owl

I painted this two Christmases ago for my mom as a gift. It was my first painting after finishing up my degree, and it was so much fun to just be able to paint it and not have to do it as part of a school project. I loved being able to pick my own subject and paint it how I wanted to. I hope that feeling never fades. =)

"Tawny Owl"  9 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas

Detail of "Tawny Owl"

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another Sleepless Night

Well, I'm starting to feel like restless nights are actually good for me, since it gives me the opportunity to paint. Whatever works, right?

"Pink Sunrise"   5 x 7   Acrylic on Canvas Board
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