I am lucky enough to get an occasional email from curious readers so I thought I would compile a short list of the frequently asked questions just to clear some things up.
So here goes…
Everything you never wanted to know about Arty McGoo:
I make all my cookies 100% start to finish with real butter and pure extracts. When possible I use local, farm fresh eggs and even some of the extracts I use are made right here in San Luis Obispo! I always frost with a Royal Icing flood for a nice, smooth canvas and then the fun part: I either pipe a design in frosting or paint directly on the cookie using food coloring and a paint brush, or sometimes both.
I’ve used Wilton, AmeriColor, and Duff gel paste colors and they all work great and I think any concentrated colors would work fine. I use a white artist palette to put my colors on and mix and apply them with Wilton paintbrushes. I use the food coloring just like watercolor paints and dilute them with water. A little goes a long way and you don’t want to overwork the colors because they will start to pit the surface of the frosting. If the painting seems a little sticky at the end, I lightly dust it with powdered sugar. I’ve been painting on cookies since March 2011 in this post when I first put paintbrush to cookie and I LOVE it!
Yes and no. That picture is of me, but that’s not usually what I look like. My daughter Sage and I were having what we call a “spa day” where I give her a manicure and put on lotion and all that girly stuff. We extended it to a makeover and we played with makeup and hair. I snapped some pictures of us and this one came out so hilariously cheesy that I thought it would be funny to use as my header.
I live in California and it is illegal in this state to sell home-baked goods (even non-perishable ones!) to the public. I currently make cookies for friends and family until I can figure out a commercial kitchen that won’t cost me more to bake out of than I make on the cookies. I’m not gonna lie, decorated sugar cookies take a long time (from baking, to waiting for the flood icing to set, to decorating) and I haven’t figured out how to make a profit while renting a kitchen by the hour.
I wish I could make cookies for EVERYONE!
Cookies have definitely become my most used canvas, but I have been known to put paintbrush to other things. This post has several of my non-edible paintings in it as does the tag painting and I definitely want to do more permanent works soon.
I always love hearing from new friends and I hope by reading this you know more about me than you ever wanted to! Blogland is a grand place and I so enjoy “meeting” new friends and hearing your comments and emails. If perhaps I didn’t answer any questions you have, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org