|Hand-painted tattoo-inspired heart shortbread, as made by EJ|
I haven't documented the process of painting the biscuits- I was having too much fun :), but it's a good idea to add a little tylose powder to your sugar paste topping and leave it to set completely before starting, this way you're unlikely to dent the surface as you decorate - without tylose, you'll need to leave the iced cookies overnight to set before you begin.
I used Sugarflair gel food colourings as edible paints - watering them down in an artist's palette and wiping any excess moisture off my brush (onto a sheet of kitchen paper) before applying to the surface. This dry-brush technique is something I learnt on Natasha's workshop - you can build colour quite easily in a very controlled way when working with a minimum amount of water.
|Hand-painted, tattoo-inspired cookie, as made by EJ|
Whether you love or loathe Valentine's Day, I hope you have a good one - and remember to tell those who are important to you, that they are.