Bob's "happy trees" were just the trees I imagined in a magical woodland brimming with beauty, peace, joy and gnomes.
Now I am not a painter, but Bob's motto, "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents" is something I try to always remember and encourages me to not let a fear of failure hold me back.
As a college student, I religiously watched the "The Joy of Painting." It was on Sundays, early in the afternoon, and it was a relaxing end of the weekend ritual. Watching Bob paint was meditative and made me feel positive and ready for the upcoming week.
I never painted alongside Bob, I just sat and absorbed his creations and his sweet and wise narrative.
So, with tinted and thinned royal icings as my paint, and flooded and dry cookies as my canvas, I made these woodland tree cookies.
Some are better than others since as with just about everything, practice makes perfect. But, I wasn't afraid to try and I hope Bob would be proud.
Here's my inspiration:
And, here's how I made them:
Make some cookies and outline and flood them with white icing. Let them dry completely before painting the trees.
|I mixed a paint by tinting thinned royal icing with a bit of moss green and leaf green gel coloring.|
|Paint a line to mark the center of your tree.|
|Now load your paint brush and starting at the top fill in the branches and work your way down making the tree wider as you go.|
|Then go back and add some darker areas for dimension.|
|You can also add some brown royal icing paint to mark the trunk, branches and ground.|
|If you want to make a group of trees just make the one in the foreground bigger and darker.|
|Keep practicing and experimenting. This was one of my favorites.|