Painted Birds
Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #35

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My first entry for the "painting" challenge - I plan on trying for a second if I find the time! I used regular royal icing, with no corn syrup or other additive, and piped individual feathers on the birds, before painting them with Wilton gel colors diluted with vodka (42°). (I will add a picture of the unpainted iced cookies when I manage to transfer them from my phone.) My icing came out a little weird for no identifiable reason, and dried slightly lumpy ; I had initially planned on six birds but two of then pitted so badly when I tried to paint them that I had to give up on them. A further two (the two sitting birds) became slightly porous with the vodka-paint, which was an annoyance, but isn't very noticeable on the cookies, and not at all on the picture.

I found painting the birds time-consuming but not very difficult. I am actuallly not a fan of painted cookies - I like royal icing work, and to me, painting a cookie seems both a little like "cheating", and a little pointless, since you could do the exact same thing (and probably better) on paper. But that's just a matter of personal preference!

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