I made my first icing painted cookie using this forum and it worked exactly as described! Huge thank you. It was my first icing, and I kept thinning it as time went on so that it would continue to spread on 24 cookies. Very painful btw. As a result, some were soft icing and some harder, or maybe I just didn't wait long enough to dry as it spread pretty thick. Using americolor gels on a dining plate for a palette and 3 small model paintbrushes from a pack from Michaels and two small bowls of vodka to clean brushes and thin gel as needed. Two bowls because one was muddied from cleaning and the other more clear to thin the colors risking less cross contamination...or I could've just used one bowl per color but it didn't seem necessary. I didn't let the gel dry. In fact it was easier to use it wet, as when it started to dry I had to be careful not to have little clumps and I was going for a softer look anyway where I wanted to brush it on. On the soft icing the slightest pressure would start to indent dissolve it so I was very gentle, but it worked with every cookie. For the deer I just googled reindeer clip art and picked a silhouette I liked. I hope this helps other experimenters out there. Oh, also I drew it on the plate first so I would know how the gel behaved and what the layout might look like. I might use it to paint messages on people's dinner plates sometime it worked so well LOL. So here's my first painted cookie attempt. Also, for context I'm a novice mediocre artist a la Bob Ross painting level, and obviously terrible at icing which I hope never to make again, so it wasn't too hard with a little bit of talent to nevertheless impress friends. Even the first cookie turned out well, because with this technique and gel colorong it worked and felt and looked exactly like using acrylic paints on a palette. Thanks for the help!