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new feature: how to draw on food (and some easter animal models)

These little marshmallow fellows for Easter are helping me introduce a new feature on the decorated cookie: how to draw on food. The concept certainly isn’t new to this blog, but they will be handily contained in that link over there that looks like this:
What do I mean by “draw on food”? I mean use edible markers to make little drawings. That’s it. I was inspired by the feedback I received from my Spring marshmallows. Even folks who thought they couldn’t draw at all picked up their markers to try these. So this collection is for you. And the best thing about this edible art? It’s super fast and super easy.

The drawings will mostly likely end up on marshmallows, as that’s the easiest medium. But you can also translate the drawings to flooded icing (that has dried well) or fondant. For the markers, I prefer Americolor gourmet food writers (found HERE). Craft stores also carry some food writers, and these work well, but they tend to have less fine tips and less color choice. Wilton (often a craft store choice) has a nice selection of food writers.

how to draw easter animals (bunny, chick, lamb and bluebird)

what to do:
To make these little guys, simply use your edible writers and draw on marshmallows or royal icing (that is totally dry) or fondant. To make all the animals, you will need black, yellow, orange, pink and blue. If preferred, skewer the marshmallows with a lollipop stick.

1. draw ears and head
2. draw arms (like a curvy “W”)
3. draw back and hind leg
4. draw circle for tail
5. draw a pink dot for a nose and add some pink in the ears
6. add eyes and whiskers with blackchick
1. draw and fill a yellow circle for head
2. draw and fill a bigger yellow oval underneath head
3. using the tip of the orange, draw a little diamond for a beak and two legs
4. with the tip of the black, draw two dots for eyes
1. draw and fill a black oval
2. add a floppy ear with black
3. draw a poofy oval for the body
4. draw and fill rectangles for legs and a little circle for a tail
1. draw and fill a blue circle
2. draw and fill a blue oval underneath circle (and a bit to the right)
3. draw and fill the tail with blue
4. use the tip of the orange and draw a triangle for the beak and two legs (see the chick for how-tos)
5. use the tip of the black and draw a dot for the eye

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  1. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I always love your tutorials!!!

  2. Julie
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    these are too cute!

  3. Amy O'Kane
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    as cute as cute can be! thanks for sharing these tips.

  4. Mini Baker
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    so cute! the blue bird looks like the twitter bird :)

  5. Kim @
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    the chick and the sheep are my favs!

    Kim @

  6. Katy
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    thanks for sharing this tutorial. they turned out great (:

  7. Megan
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I have to get some marshmallows darn it. I forgot last store trip. You make it look so easy!

  8. Chic Cookies
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks everyone! :) I always forget one thing on my list every single time I go to the market, Megan. One thing every time! And it's always the vital thing.

    Posted July 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I love your tutorials :*

  10. canvas print
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    What a really great post, very interesting and thanks for sharing/.

  11. Rachel in Australia
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Hi. Thank you so much for this tute. I am having a chick theme for my Easter Sunday lunch, so I have just drawn 20 chicks on marshmallows and put them on lollypop sticks. They have turned out so cute and it was so easy! Tonight was the first time I have drawn on food. In fact I only ordered my edible pens on Tuesday night and they arrived this afternoon. Looking forward to trying out some more of your tutes! I have heaps of marshmallows left so I will definitely be doing some more drawing. Thanks again

  12. meaghanmountford
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Yay, so glad it worked out Rachel! I draw on everything now, I’m afraid. It’s just too easy!!

  13. Fahim
    Posted November 16, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Fantastic! Really a great help for kids.
    Thanks a lot.

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