Autumn always seems to sneak up upon me; most likely due to Colorado ever changing weather from day to day. Sunday the temperature reached 27 degreesC/ 79 degrees F, and today the high will peak at 1 degree C/ 33 degrees F (It is snowing as I write this post). Continuing with Autumn it is one of the most colorful seasons; generally late summer flowers are still in bloom and the leaves begin to change from various shades of green to burgundy, gold, orange, and yellow. Besides the beautiful changing leaves it is also the time when sunflowers start to bloom.
More than sixty different varieties of sunflowers can be found around the world. Out of these, the most common one is bright yellow in color, with a dark brown center filled with seeds. The others include those in shades of orange, red, maroon, tan, etc. Some varieties also have striped petals (not only are the petals different in color, but their centers also vary in their shades, tan, green and brown to name a few). The sunflower plant can grow from 3 feet to 18 feet tall, and requires only 90 to 100 days to mature.
So now that I have given you a brief history lesson of the sunflower I will show you how I paint sunflowers on sugar cookies.
Painted Fondant Sunflower Sugar Cookies:
- Covered sugar cookies
- Fondant, Satin Ice
- Food paste: Tangerine, sugarflair or wilton orange, melon, sugar flair or wilton on yellow,moss green, wilton,white, chef rubber,brown, sugar flair or wilton, ivory,wilton
- Corn starch
- Cooled boiled water
- Everclear, or lemon extract
- Cookie cutters, fancy square
- Artist paintbrushes: #3/0, #2/0, # 10 flat, #6 round, small scruffy
You can find supplies Here
The leaves of a sunflower are scalloped and quite large, I plan to teach you a one stroke painting technique for them in the next post.