Do you have projects or project ideas sitting around waiting to be completed? Grand ideas waiting for you to give them life? Maybe you’ll get to them when you’re less busy/lazy/tired or the project gets easier/more fun/more interesting. You know, whatever the excuse de jour.
If this is you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. I have a few of those projects. A few years ago, I made this sketch.
It is meant to be a large, 6-canvas art installation for my master bedroom. I had the best intentions of getting this done. Truly I did. I even bought the canvases! But then I got hung up on several things: choosing colors, having very little painting experience, not wanting to make a mess, and the large scale of the project.
What does this have to do with a baking blog? Well, last week I was looking around for inspiration for some leftover cookies I had sitting around. I was looking at scrapbook paper, at books, and basically just wandering around my house aimlessly... until I came across my sketch book. I saw it and immediately remembered my long lost sketch. I decided this was the perfect way to use up those cookies!
I had to make a few tweaks though. For one, my cookies were square, not rectangle, so I had to modify how much I could fit onto each cookie. Second, I already had icing mixed up in various shades of pink for another project so I decided to use that. I adore pink, we’re pretty much besties actually, but pink won’t be going on my walls.
Okay, with those disclaimers out of the way, here’s what I did:
First I piped on the light pink stripes. I let that sit for a while because I wanted good definition between my stripes.
When the light pink stripes were dry to the touch, I piped on my dark pink stripes.
There was a cookie casualty along the way... thankfully, I had extras:
Once I had all of my cookies fully covered, I let them dry overnight.
The next day, I just started piping on the design one “canvas” at a time.
Because the stripes were dry, it was easy to “erase” the parts I wasn’t happy with. I’m glad I let the bottom dry before trying to pipe on the design because I did a lot of “erasing.” Actually, you can still see some of my erase marks...
I liked this project. It’s fun and rewarding to bring life to your ideas – even if it’s not in the same way you’d imagined.
I am once again feeling motivated to get this project done! You know, once I find a place to make the mess, repaint the bedroom, choose painting colors based on our new master bedroom colors... Okay, who am I kidding, it’s going to be a while before this project is revisited. But at least I can feel good that my sketch was made into “art” at least once!
What are some projects you’ve been meaning to complete?