Monday, February 11, 2013
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Seriously, ANYWHERE. Wallpaper, pillows, coffee mugs, paintings, buildings, even kleenex boxes. Yep, you read that right. A silly painted kleenex box was the inspiration for this wedding cake.
I had been trying to shake what is either a cold or winter allergies and have gone through an absolutely insane amount of kleenex in the past three weeks. There was one box I just couldn't throw away. These owls were mesmerizing. I knew I wanted to do something with them, but couldn't figure out what.
I had been wanting to try watercolor-style painting on fondant for a while now and these cute little owls gave me the perfect subject. As it turns out, it was much easier than I thought it would be. First, I cut my shapes out, let them dry overnight. Then I just mixed some gel food coloring (you only need a very small amount) with a splash of vodka. From there, you can paint just as you would with real paint. The thinner you make the food coloring, the lighter the color will be, just like watercolors. Again, I let my shapes dry overnight, then punched the outline out with some jet black royal icing.
Who says you need a traditional all white wedding cake with flowers and bows? Not that there is anything wrong with that, but in the days of pinterest and zillions of wedding blogs, its never been easier to get a little creative with your wedding day. Plus why would you pass up the opportunity to say owl love you forever all day?
Happy Valentine's day to you and yours.