Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Color Chart

I got to meet up with friend Kris from So Cute Cookies last week and she gave me the great idea to test out my gel colors.  I have the hardest time getting good pinks and greens and because of that, I've bought every different one of them I could find.  But I don't really use them because they all give such different results.  So Kris showed me how she tested out different blue colors in various shades and I knew I had to try it with my colors. 

So I took some leftover white icing and colored tiny amounts of it until I ran out.  I got through most of my colors.  The only colors I didn't really get to were the reds, browns, and blacks.  Oh, and leaf green. 

So here's what I ended up with.  Now you all probably know how hard it is to get colors to come out right in cookie photos.  I adjusted the photo the best I could and then Georganne of LilaLoa was kind enough to try to get the coloring better.  So she tinkered with the white balance and here it is:

*(A) is for Americolor and (W) is for Wilton
*Both columns are the same color, the right column just has more gel color added.

The pinks and purples are a bit off, but you get the point.  Not only will this be helpful when I need to match a color (I can just hold the samples up to this and find the best match), but I learned a lot.

For instance, Americolor violet and Wilton violet are really different.  Americolor is much bluer.  Ever since I found Americolor, I've kind of abandoned my Wilton gel colors, but I think Wilton violet is now my favorite purple.

Also, I can't tell the difference between teal and turquoise.  They look exactly the same.  Same with cornflower blue and navy.  And moss green and juniper green.  And sky blue and electric blue.  So if you're just starting out and building up your gel color collection, just pick one of each of those and you'll be good.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Black and White Cookies

The fabulous Georganne of Lilaloa has created a challenge to make cookies using only black and white (and any shade inbetween).  I've always wanted to participate in a cookie challenge but I've never really been able to (either I was too busy or I couldn't think of a good enough idea).  Plus it's so hard to set aside time to make cookies just for fun.  However, I recently came to the decision to no longer pursue orders, but to instead get back to having fun designing and creating cookies.  So when I saw this challenge I knew I had to set aside time to come up with an idea.  I ended up finding my inspiration in scrapbook paper.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!