Pink and Gold Brush Embroidery

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I recently started watching United States of Tara on Netflix. I haven’t gotten through season 3 yet, so no spoilers, please! If you’re a fan of the show, you might have been able to guess that the original inspiration for the pink and gold brush embroidery design on these cookies was the costume of Princess Valhalla Hawkwind! Brush-Embroidery6Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
  • Roll out cookie dough (my Orange Vanilla Spice recipe is available in my tutorial shop)
  • Ruler and paring knife for cutting square cookies
  • 1-1/2″ round cutter for minis
  • Tip 1, 2 and 3
  • Flood, medium and stiff consistency royal icing
  • Americolor chocolate brown and deep pink gel pastes
  • Scribe tool
  • Square tip brush
  • Gold luster dust
  • Alcohol or flavored extract
  • Small paint brush
Visit my recommended products page to find these and other products used in my tutorials.
As you can see here, I started out thinking that these cookies would have had wings to represent the pink hawk on Princess Valhalla’s costume. But, it just wasn’t coming out as I envisioned, so I changed my design to include flowers, instead.
Either way, if you would like to try making these cookies, cut your chilled cookie dough with a ruler and a paring knife into 3×3″ squares and use the small round cutter to make minis. Once the cookies are baked and cooled, cover them in flood consistency royal icing with a tip 3 and allow them to dry overnight. There is a video in my tutorial shop with full instructions on how to flood a cookie. The color shown here is Americolor chocolate brown (I always start out with a shade of brown as the base when making gold designs). PinkGold
Next, use a mixture of gold pearl dust and alcohol or flavored extract to paint the entire cookie. I used NY Cake super gold. Read this post for full instructions on painting with gold.
Then, use a medium shade of pink (Americolor deep pink shown here) stiff consistency royal icing and a tip 2 to make your brush embroidered flowers. Read this post for instructions on brush embroidery or download the video from my tutorial shop.Brush-Embroidery
With medium consistency royal icing and a tip 1, add a filigree design in between the flowers and leaves. You can see how I pipe filigree in this tutorial. I also added a bead border to these cookies.Brush-Embroidery2
Let the icing dry for about 2 hours, then paint the filigree with the gold/alcohol mixture. By the way, if you don’t want to use alcohol, read this post about using alternatives to alcohol for painting with gold.Brush-Embroidery3
The minis are done basically the same way, but with a pink base instead of gold.Brush-Embroidery4
Even though United States of Tara won’t be coming back for a fourth season, Princess Valhalla Hawkwind lives on in cookie form! Brush-Embroidery5
Click on the images below for more cookie decorating tutorials     Gold6 Vintage-Wedding-20 Swan25

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  5. Maravillosas!! Tu estilo de filigranas es incomparable!! Y me encantan. Me recuerdan a un estilo muy fiel a ti. Gorgeous cookies, I don’t know why, but these cookies remember me your own style, so delicated, so elegant, so pretty. Thanks Amber!

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