This is my entry for the culinary arts still life contest. They asked for creative so that is what i tried to do. I really wanted to make something creative, not just food wise but in the presentation and staging too. I also wanted to show that art doesn't have to be a painting or drawing to be interesting, art comes in all shapes and forms and i feel that the culinary arts and still life photography section gets over looked far too much. It can take just as much time and planning to create and photograph the perfect dish/photo as it does to paint for example.
On to the food. Two tiny cupcakes the size of a 2p coin filled with vanilla sponge in a silicone mold, topped with chocolate butter cream and sprinkles. The canvas is a square homemade shortbread cookie decorated with rolled white and pink royal icing, piped with more chocolate butter cream and sprinkles. On the "table" (a box covered with a table cloth) is some left over sprinkles as creating art is a messy business, well it is for me anyway!
As always i got my idea at 3:30am this morning and baking by 6am!
This is my Reelworks Haunted Manor Cake that I made for, Artisan Crafts' Spooky Crafts Contest. But I also shared this cake with my film friends at Reelworks at their Halloween party, which they seem to adored.
I used the "Big Cupcake" Mold again for the shape of the cake. The top half of the cake was made out of chocolate chip cookie, the bottom half was chocolate cake, and the middle had cherry filling so the cake looked like it had brains or was bleeding.
The Black Widow Spider, Bat, Jack O Lanter, Mini Pumpkins, the eyes and door with fangs of the house, and the Tombstones that read "R.I.P. VCR(Videocassette Recorder)" and "In Loving Memory VHS (Video Home System)" are all made out of Odense Marzipan Candy Dough.
I used Marshmellows for my ghost, Gummy Worms popping out of the house, Swiss Rolls for the graves, Candy Corn for the gate of the house and the base of the cake which is the soil/graveyard is made out of brownie.
I also tried to give the cake a kind of Tim Burton style, because I really love his artistic flare.
I give some credit to deviant [link] for giving me the idea for the brownie soil and candy corn fence.
AN: I would love comments, especially people who favorite my stuff. Please let me know what you love or like about my stuff so I know what to keep doing or not.
My contest entry for the Paper Heart Movie Poster Contest.
I guess the big question for me to answer now is, 'what does love mean to me'?
Well here is my perspective:
Genuine love is finding that one special someone out of a vast ocean of people. In the end we are all just fish swimming aimlessly hoping to stumble upon the one that we'll spend the rest of our lives with, come high or low tide. Collaboration of the two minds not only outsmarts just the one, but it also assertively fools the mind into knowing that your heart is no longer a single entirety, but instead a separate piece that has now found its other half.
Backstory: When I found out about this contest, I undoubtedly had a number of ideas flowing through my brain. Luckily I had a piece of notebook paper nearby to brainstorm my idea(s)...which eventually was drawn, colored, cut out, and then cut in half into what you see silhouetted in the photo up above. lol But no, really I brainstormed a lot. At first it was going to have something to do with chemistry class (cause I'd use some wordplay between the love chemistry, and the high school course where people sometimes pay attention more to the sweetheart in your lab group versus the actual assignment ). However, I stuck with my idea with the fish and finding that one significant other to love. And believe it or not, the idea that I had come up with for the final product actually looks pretty close to this (haha cause usually all my ideas that pop up in my head NEVER come out as good on paper). Anyway, as soon as I settled on the heart design I made, I told my boyfriend ( ) about it. He was pretty eager to help me out, and that made me even more intimate with the contest notion. So what I did was meet up at his house and we borrowed his brother's camera in order to take a few snapshots outdoors. I knew nothing about his camera on how it works on bright sunny days (and neither did my boyfriend at first) so we shot a few for the hell of it and hoped for the best. Turns out the settings were correct without much dial fiddling, and from the digital previews everything looked sweet. Truthfully though, the best sky shots were taken out in his yard as we sat down next to each other on the grass. Lastly, I doctored up the pic I liked the most in Photoshop, added the title and BOOM I'm finished. It was a lot more work than it may seem folks. Really. But I'm satisfied.
The paper heart: obviously reflecting the title. It's cliche, I know. But it works.
The notebook paper: The paper material I used for the heart I thought would be most fitting is notebook paper. Why? Not just because it suits the appearance for the movie since it seems like a typical doodle-drawn style used for indie films, but it symbolizes the stereotypical high school sweetheart admiration (ex. where one would pass a piece of notebook paper around in class to ask if they "like" them or not ) that we once witnessed. And also because people usually associate notebook paper with school anyways. So that's a given.
Fish: according to most symbolism, fish represent Eternity (an eternal relationship with someone), Fertility (cause what else are you guys going to do when you settle down? ), and utmostly Happiness.
Fire coral: That yellow looking stuff you see in there is not the seaweed. (I tried to make it look as much as fire coral as I possibly could without breaking the simplistic style I originally intended). But yeah, break the work apart, and you get Fire which symbolizes the ever-burning flame of a long term relationship.
Bubble hearts: (This was going to be an idea I would later edit out, but it seems okay for the moment) They represent love (durr) but as you can see they also look like bubbles (cause they're under water...hurr ) and as they move to the top, they merge. This represents communication, and the merging of the loved-ones ideas to create a collaboration of the two (this recollects back to my quote up top about how two heads are better than one ).
Anywho, I've typed enough. Good luck to everyone entering in the contest!
P.S- I love you so very much Jason, now and forever.