the good deal tutorial.

Here’s a secret that every winter cookier should know: piping pine/ coniferous needles is crazy easy.  The end result looks like it requires way more skill and effort than it actually does.  It’s like getting a really good deal– this design is the 40% off coupon code of cookies.

Start with a fully dried, flooded cookie.

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Pipe darker lines onto the cookie, leaving enough space between the lines to pipe branches and needles.  This is very important– there are a few spaces on this cookie where I clearly didn’t leave enough room and had to fudge a bit.  The goal is to have a nice free-hand scribble with big gaps in between the lines.

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Then, pipe lines  extending off the scribble where there are significant gaps (these will form the stems for your needles).

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Then, pipe parallel green lines on a diagonal off of the stems.

 

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Continue doing that along one side of the stem and then proceed to the other side.

Continue piping along all of the stems. [You can see where I got too ambitious in the bottom right corner]

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Then add red berries and a border for decoration.

Here are some other iterations of the same design– it is so easy and the result is really nice.

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Oh, did you notice that my colors have mellowed out a bit?  There will be more cookies from this color series coming soon!  Here is a very tiny sneak preview of what I’m working on now:

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2 Comments

  1. Pip

    Thanks for this tutorial.
    You’re right, it’s simple, but it takes a talented designer to make it elegant. You’ve got the touch! What a lovely set you created using your technique.

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  2. […] merely combining old patterns for an overall botanical effect.  For example, you might recognize this design from a tutorial I posted last […]

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