Media Used: flour, baking soda, butter, egg, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, soft brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, black food colouring.
Fandom(s): Sherlock (BBC) (Sherlock and John), Teen Wolf (Stiles and Derek)
Warnings: Not gluten-free (but entirely edible)
Summary: What it says on the tin. Gingerbread men, fandom-style.
Notes: This was my response to the Yuletart weekly challenge: "Holiday Cooking". Because I am strange, rather than Derek in nothing but an apron, this is what I got bunnied with. Each is about 5.5 inches by 4 inches, and they smell great. The Yuletart post is here.
And these are the digital art templates I made, to base the cookies on:
So, here's the WIP breakdown about my "process". While doing this project, I learned:
- black food colouring exists: Goths can have birthday cakes too!
- absent-mindedly licking your brush is a positive experience when painting with frosting, but only with the white kind because man, that black food colouring stains everything,
- extensive sampling of the medium is a must. Especially the raw gingerbread cookie-dough,
- don't go and play on the internet while baking the cookies or they'll all look like they've gotten stuck in a tanning booth.
Stiles blank just-baked cookie
Cookie with template pinned on - black bits cut out for stencilling
Cookie with black areas completed - stencil and touch-up painting
Completed cookie with white frosting painted on freehand
And now - what to do with them? Just doesn't feel right to eat them, somehow. Maybe I can lacquer them and stick them on the wall? It'd be a talking point.
Guest: "What are...are those faces? On cookies?"
Me: "They're my giant fancookies!"
Me: "Yeah, you know, in a couple of my fandoms. [guest looks blank] Look: see? That one's Sherlock, and that's John - BBC Sherlock? on the tellie?"
Guest: "I don't watch a lot of television."
Me: "Ah...well you probably won't know the other two either, then. Stiles and Derek, from Teen Wolf."
Me:"Yeaaah. Maybe you'd like to see the garden?"