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how to draw on food: palm trees and flamingos (Florida or bust)


I’m off to sunny Florida for a couple of days… I’ll be back posting away next week, but I’ll leave you with a tiny taste of sunshine and beaches.

For these cookies, I used this dough cut and baked into 2 1/2 inch circles, tinted some homemade fondant with a drop of Sky Blue Americolor soft gel paste, rolled it out and cut it into 2 1/2 inch circles, added a touch of frosting to the top of the cookie, and stuck the fondant on top. Then I used my Americolor Gourmet Writers to draw the designs (for both, you’ll need black, brown, green, pink and yellow). That’s it.

how to draw a palm tree
1. draw and fill a brown trunk
2. with the green, draw a bunch of green lines in three or four bunches
3. outline the trunk with black (basically, a stack of progressively smaller “M”s)
4. roughly outline the bunches of green lines
how to draw a flamingo
1. draw and fill a pink tear drop shape
2. draw and fill a pink circle above it
3. draw a thick, curvy pink wave connecting the two
4. draw a number “4″ for the legs with yellow
5. draw a beak and fill the tip with black
6. outline with black, adding wings and a dot for an eye, add yellow to fill the beak

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11 Comments

  1. Sue Sparks
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Great tutorial…love the number 4 for the legs:) Have fun in Florida!

  2. Kris
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    So cute. Now I want to make something with these guys on it.

  3. Shawna
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    adorable!!!!
    http://pretendpartyandplay.blogspot.com/

  4. JenniferC
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I just love your tutorials. Thanks for sharing them with us. Hope you enjoy your visit here, it's a nice time to come.

  5. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    thank you all! I'm lucky to have a Dad who lives in Florida… I love the feeling of the place from the minute I step off the plane when that tropical air hits me :)

  6. Julie B.
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Adorable cookies! I live here in the heart of Florida itself, Orlando, so let me welcome you! :P It's pretty warm and sunny here right now, so I hope you get a chance to enjoy it. :)

  7. Lorraine
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    These are great! Have a great trip.

  8. Amanda
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    So cute!! Hope you are having a wonderful time!!

    God bless-
    Amanda

  9. ashleycupcakes
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Oh my, I just found you on flickr and didn't realize who it was [I forgot to bookmark your blog :(] Anyway I just wanted to say I saw your marshmallow fondant post and I'm happy you gave it a try! One thing that I do to cut the sweetness is add a dash of popcorn salt and lemon extract.

    I'll be sure to bookmark you this time ;]

  10. JJ
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Am decorating a flamingo cake for my niece’s birthday. I am NOT an artist. This is exactly what I needed! Thanks!

  11. meaghanmountford
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks JJ! Good luck! :)

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