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It's Back-to-School Season, and Our September Site Artist Gets an A+!

Whether your kids are going back to actual brick-and-mortar schools or continuing to e-learn in 2020-21 (or still don't know . . .), one thing is certain: they could all use a morale boost to ease their uncertainty right now. Teachers too! And, what better pick-me-up than a set of cute school-themed cookies?!

As it happens, our September site artist, the talented @Kanch J, deserves an A+, because she designed the perfect cheery back-to-school set for us! You'll find her handpainted wonders below, and also in our coveted site banner and backdrop spots throughout this coming month.

SEPT 2020 Banner Kanch JHand painted Cookies-Background (September)-USE THIS

You may already know Kanch J from her many Cookie Connection posts and challenge entries (see her portfolio here), but below is a more complete bio. Since Kanch J has generously donated site art in the past, she's already been the subject of an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview - which was super interesting, I might add. I encourage you to give it a close read too! Thanks again to Kanchana for dressing up our site so beautifully this month!

Kanchana JayasundaraKanchana Jayasundara, aka Kanch or Kanch J to her friends, is a hobbyist cookie decorator originally from Sri Lanka and now living in Malé, Maldives. Formerly employed as a graphic designer but now a stay-at-home mom with two boys (ages 4 and 13), Kanch has a passionate interest in art. In addition to decorating cookies, she engages in all kinds of art, including painting, graphic design, embroidery, cake decorating, paper crafts, and more.

Kanch started her cookie journey in 2017 after making cookies for the first time for her elder son’s tenth birthday. She's now making cookies for all of her friends' and family's special occasions. Kanch quickly improved her skills in various types of cookie decorating techniques, such as 3-D cookies, by watching the YouTube videos of the great cookie queen Julia M. Usher and learning from the Cookie Connection community.

Kanch considers each set of cookies as a new experience with secrets to master. By dedicating herself to mastering each set, she has become a successful cookier. Her husband and boys are her best fans and cookie taste-testers. With their encouragement, love, and support, she does all sorts of experiments and improves her creativity each day.

To learn more about Kanch and her cookie work, please visit her Instagram page and Cookie Connection member profile.

All cookies and photos by Kanchana Jayasundara.

And, for those of you who are wondering how to get featured, it's easy! Simply read these posts here and here. Remember: Site artists not only get their work featured prominently for a full month, but they also get profiled in a forum post (like this one) and in an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview. All considered, it's a lot of great free PR in exchange for photo sharing! When preparing your site art, please bear in mind that I already have artwork through December 2020 and for February 2021, so I am specifically looking for art that relates to January 2021 (New Year or New Year's Eve, perhaps?) and beyond. Please also remember that @Icingsugarkeks, our new Site Art Stylist, is available to help you get your photos in the right format, so do not hesitate to contact her if you need assistance! You can send her a PM right here on Cookie Connection by clicking on her name (in pink) above.

Thanks in advance for considering a contribution to the site!


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  • September 2020 Site Banner: Cookies and Photo by Kanch J; Graphic  Design by Pretty Sweet Designs
  • September 2020 Site Background: Cookies and Photo by Kanch J
  • Kanchana Jayasundara, aka Kanch J: Photo Courtesy of Kanch J
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