Sugar craft and smoke art…

November 24th, 2009

Right…  This is the last entry from my old blog before it crashed and burned…  my fear is that this entry – or the pictures – caused the crisis… so I am very VERY anxious!  And hungry, but that’s by the by…

3.9.09
I love these courses – I always learn something new. This weekend we had four lovely people on our course and we had a real laugh.  Now one of these – Shirley –  is the most incredibly talented artist.  She told me all about the cake decorations and sugar craft that she does – and it is truly amazing.  Have a look at this – all made from sugar!

Sugar craft flowers created by Shirley, a Smoky Jo's graduate!

Sugar craft flowers created by Shirley, a Smoky Jo's graduate!

Can you believe your eyes?  Anyway not only can Shirley create these wonderful flowers – she is also a great artist and when we were talking about all the things you can use smoke for – Shirley came up with using it for painting!  And to illustrate this she sent me a photo of one of her smoke paintings.

A picture created by etching in the carbon left by a smoking candle

A picture created by etching in the carbon left by a smoking candle

Isn”t it great?  Apparently you smoke the plate with the smoke from a candle – turning the plate upside down and  making the patterns you want on the plate and then you use various objects like a paint brush, sponge, knife etc to etch your painting into the smoke.  Finally you spray it quickly with a quick drying varnish. Amazing!  Well done Shirley – and thank you for sharing this with us. Oh yes – and incidently Shirley caught the first fish this weekend.  To see lots more photos of her fish and  this course have a look “Photos of people enjoying a food smoking course” – Shirley’s there aboutathird of the way down the page.

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