Monday, June 28, 2010
Every year our city does an arts festival for kids 3-18 yrs old. It lasts two weeks and kids can be in a musical, show choir, dance class, creative writing, arts and crafts, photography, or even a LEGO art class.
The LEGO teacher was having a baby this year and since they didn't want to cancel it, I got to teach it!
I have nearly 1000 pictures and in LEGO everything is good, but I have to put up a few to share.
A project by AJ on the "Things that Fly" day, she had named her bird Tucie.
When I was planning the class J said, "mommy, the class should have rubber bands" boy was he right. I had quite a few projects over the two weeks feature rubber bands.
a mosaic planned with LEGO brick artist paper
"things with wheels"
"hole punch and card", a huge thanks to the author of filth wizardry blog for helping me out on this one. She pioneered hole punch and card and she was kind enough to write a note I could share in class that encouraged the kids to make one of a kind projects which they really took to heart and kept referring to throughout the rest of the festival.
a most creative interpretation of "things that fly".
a marble maze, these were a huge hit...
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Opening the frozen buttercream transfer
Jango Fett Cake
Two Cakes! My primary teacher is a cake decorator!
How to do a frozen butter cream transfer (FBCT)step 1, draw your picture with a sharpie on some wax paper. You can trace an 8 1/2 x 11 picture and it fits nicely on a regular sized cake.
step 2 turn the wax paper tracing over so the frosting doesn't touch the lines you drew and place it on a cookie sheet. Then trace all the lines with chocolate frosting using a fine point cake decorating tip. Put it in the freezer.
step 3 Mix all the colors of frosting your design requires.
Since every cake I do seems to require gray I've found that gray is 1 drop red, 1 drop blue, 1 drop green. For brown just use chocolate frosting.
step 4 Pull the transfer out of the freezer and fill in all the colors. Whenever I am busy changing frosting colors I just set the transfer back in the freezer,every few minutes helps. After filling in a color use a knife or spatula to smooth out the frosting and press it down this helps fill in holes that may not be visible.
step 5 take some plain white frosting spread it on top of everything you just did, yep, cover everything (just like frosting a cake). I sometimes skip this step, but if you do it the final result is much nicer.
step 6 freeze for a few hours until it is hard. Then you can lift up the wax paper for a peek or to set on top of a cake. Make sure before setting this on a cake that the cake is cool.
This takes awhile, but has been a good family activity since the kids like to watch me mix colors and squirt all that frosting on the picture.