This is Part 2 of 3 for the February 2020 Craft in Style Subscription Box. Craft in Style Subscription Box is available here. Most kits are available after it’s original month, by request. Part 1: How to Make Edible Glitter Chocolate Bars is available here. Part 3: The 9 Best Macaron Painting Tutorials is available here.
Are you ready to have some fun with color? These Modern Art Painted Macarons full of gorgeous hues! Best of all, this is an easy and fun way to get started with macaron painting. Don’t you want to turn your cookies into works of art?
If so, let’s get started!
Supplies to Make Modern Art Painted Macarons
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Small Flat Tipped Paint Brush
Food Dye in: Turquoise, Mauve, Electric Pink, Surf Blue, & Gold
Plus You Will Also Need:
Before you start painting, you will need to prep your food dye. Painting with food dye is just like painting with watercolor. The first thing you should do is add water until you get the color that you want. Likely, you will just need one tiny drop of food dye and around 1/2 teaspoon of water.
Always test your colors before you start painting!
Once your color is ready, start with any color you like! It doesn’t have to be the lightest or the darkest. It doesn’t have to be the color that you plan to use the most.
With painting these macarons it’s anything goes. If you are just getting started with painting, these watercolor brush techniques will help you more than any other painting tutorial – again because food dye and watercolor have so much in common!
The one thing I do recommend is: again, test your colors before you paint your cookie. And don’t allow too much food dye on the end of your brush. Instead, use the side of your painter’s palette to remove any excess paint before you begin. This will allow a lot more of the brushwork to show.
For my macarons, I painted the cookie in the upper right by starting with a series of turquoise brush strokes. Next I added a electric pink and gold stripe coming out of it almost like a rainbow. It looked kinda meh, so I added a series of dots around the ends of the brushstrokes to make it feel more organic – like a plant. Yes, now I was on to something!
The cookie in the lower right was the perfect way to continue a dot pattern and make it feel tribal. Layering dots, stripes, or simple patterns on top of color blocked shapes always looks gorgeous. If you want inspiration, google African Mud Cloth. You won’t be disappointed. 💖
Last, the cookie with the dense color was our Rothko inspired cookie. It’s bright, colorful, and turned out amazing! To make your own Mark Rothko cookie, make a large abstract oval with any color. Make this large oval over half the size of the cookie, and don’t let the color touch the edges of the cookie evenly. Then create 1-2 more smaller oval sections in different colors.
While your food dye is still wet, sprinkle your cookies with just a tiny touch of edible glitter. You can use any color you like. I personally chose iridescent white and tiny gold stars (that I also used in this cocktail here.) Now your painted macarons are finished and ready to dry!
With any of these modern art techniques, you don’t have to be a professional painter. The gorgeous colors will do all the work for you. That’s why these Modern Art Painted Macarons are a great way to learn the basics of painting macarons before you jump into more detailed and difficult techniques.
You can pair them with Yogi Tea – a cinnamon, ginger cardamom tea that is remarkably similar to Chai Tea. Or you could pair them with a simple Vanilla Bean Infused Whiskey like this. Eat them immediately or store them in the fridge for up to a few days.
If you store them in the fridge, allow them to warm to room temperature before you eat them.
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And check out the other tutorials from this kit like these Edible Glitter White Chocolate Bars. Yum!
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