Mike's Topic: Creating Original Character Designs
(Note: We're moving to a shorter one-hour format for Sweet Sharing chats, so get here at the top of the hour to avoid missing anything!)
We're onto our eighth Sweet Sharing chat, and joining us this time is Mike Tamplin of SemiSweet Designs who will be speaking (oh-so-knowledgably) on the subject of original character designs for cookies (meaning fun, cartoony creations of your own design, not the replication of copyrighted stuff). Typically an Achilles' heel for many cookiers, character creation will be greatly simplified - and the fears dispelled - by Mike's many helpful tips in this chat.
For a sampling of Mike's work, please visit his blog, Facebook page, or portfolio right here on Cookie Connection!
More About Sweet Sharing
The brainchild of Cookie Connection member Tina Deluca Tsourtsoulas of Sugar Wishes, Sweet Sharing is a series of bimonthly (or more frequent) informal, topic-centered chats. Each chat will feature a subject matter expert on a chosen topic or two. Unlike our existing moderated monthly chats that last one hour and cover a wide gamut of topics in one sitting, the Sweet Sharing chats will be open for two hours (NOW, one hour, as of this chat) on a given day to engage as many site visitors as possible, with the featured cookier available the entire time to answer questions about the day’s topic and the inevitable off-topic questions that arise! Tina will also be on hand to moderate should the questions start coming fast and furiously! Our hope is that these conversations will be info-packed, yet very fluid and spontaneous – as if we were all sitting in a room with our cookie besties swapping tips and having fun.
More About This Month's Guest
Mike's hobby of making cookies developed into a passion practically overnight. He first entered the world of cookie decorating in November 2011 when looking for a gift idea for a friend who had everything. This friend was a lover of cookies, so Mike Googled a few online cookie decorating tutorials and decided to give decorating a shot. It turned out to be a lot of fun, therapeutic even, so, very quickly, this one-time kitchen craft became a non-stop hobby that was consuming all of Mike's free time. When he's not in his southern California kitchen covered in royal icing, he works full time as an aerospace engineer. By day, he's a hard-working, cubicle-dwelling number cruncher, and by night, he's a dough-mixing, cookie-icing blogger. Within the last year, Mike has expanded his blog, SemiSweet Designs, into a shop for unique cookie cutters. He now focuses on creating new cookie cutter designs while sharing tutorials about how to decorate them.
More About Your Moderator
Born, raised, and educated in the United States before making a permanent move to Kastoria, Greece with her husband Dimitrios, Tina DeLuca Tsourtsoulas has always loved crafts and baking of one sort or another. Though she operated a bridal-baptismal store in Greece for more than 20 years, she decorated her first cookie only as recently as Christmas 2012 – and immediately fell in love! Self-taught, Tina attributes her cookie decorating development to blogs, YouTube tutorials, and, most importantly, the openness and support of the many wonderful people in the cookie world. Take a look at Tina’s work on her Facebook page, and explore the transcripts from her previous Sweet Sharing chats here.