Today at CookieCon, I took one all-day class from Shirlyn Leong (aka Cookies Art by Shirlyn), and we decorated one cookie! In the morning, she taught us puffy (or dimensional) piping with her frankenfrosting of royal icing and glaze. Because the image was quite detailed, it was a little confusing at first, but, with time, it got easier to pipe. During the second half of class, we painted our cookies. Learning in these small classes is amazing. My understanding of how to paint made huge strides today! The title picture is our small class, and below is an image of Shirlyn's cookie that we recreated.
Later, it was fun going to the lobby and seeing groups of cookie decorators talking, sharing, and laughing. Tonight I taught two decorators how to use a pico projector. After being helped by so many other cookie decorators, I was happy to be able to assist others too.
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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Below are some class photos later submitted to me by Shirlyn and posted here with her permission. The last one shows finished student work! Wow!]
Kate Sullivan, aka Econlady, is a retired economist who started cookie decorating over a decade ago when her seven-year-old daughter wanted to take a cookie decorating class. While her daughter lost interest, Kate continued to explore cookie decorating, always looking for new ideas and techniques. Kate’s cookies have been featured on a trading card at CookieCon 2015 (pictured left) and also in Cookie Connection’s Practice Bake Perfect Challenge #14. In 2016, Kate took over as Newsletter Editor of the National Cookie Cutter Collectors Club, where her decorated cookies were showcased on the cover of each newsletter. More recently, she was named the club's Treasurer. Kate is a long-time veteran of CookieCon, having attended since the very beginning, so she is sure to bring us the up-to-the-minute CookieCon inside scoop.
Title photo credit: Kate Sullivan
All other photo credits: Shirlyn Leong
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