I don't know of anybody who doesn't love a nice slice of cheesecake. The problem is, it's very filling and loaded with calories. Not good.
I've found a way around that though. A painted cheesecake! No guilt, no calories.
I painted this for Angela who ordered this custom tile for her cake decorating mentor. This is her mentor's signature cake and the name of her shop. Sounds good right? Who wouldn't want a cheesecake for their wedding cake?
My husband Mark and I will be married 30 years this November. This is certainly a cake I would have chosen for our wedding (way back when) or for a huge anniversary celebration. Gee, I hope he (Mark) doesn't forget to order one when he's planning that big party for us. LOL! Just kidding. I think I'd rather have a small intimate celebration with just the two of us...and a cheesecake this big!!! Completed on a 6x8 ceramic tile.
So grab your piping bag and your paint brush and I'll show you how this cake was decorated step by step.
The background color is always like the fondant on the cake. It's the base that the rest of the design relies on for stability and structure (decoratively). I painted this one with striations of color. I think it adds a depth of interest that a flat background color wouldn't have done. The slight difference in color you see is that one picture was taken at my kitchen table and the completed tile picture was taken in my photo "studio" (aka kitchen counter) with special photography lighting and background. Very professional of me :)
Next I start stacking the layers of the cake. Always starting with the largest first and working my way up. I adjust the size and shape as I go, if needed. Just like a real cake!
There. So far so good. Here is the picture that Angela had emailed to me that I use as my reference and inspiration:
The next step to do is
ice paint the cake. Half pink and half deep, dark chocolate. Mmmmm.
This cake is definitely going to take two to three coats of i
cing paint but, is that so wrong? I then move on to the wording and do my best to make it look just like the picture that was sent.
And now for all the details that make this cake their signature piece. It's the details that always bring a piece (cake or tile) to life and make it unforgettable!
And then to top everything off... the flowers. So lovely. They're the perfect touch to showcase the perfect looking cake...tile :)
You'll also notice that I added a thin brown line of chocolate brown paint to frame the entire tile. Again, it's the attention to details that makes a custom tile all that more special and complete.
The completed tile is spectacular and one I hope that it's owner will cherish for many, many, many years to come. I know for a fact that she will never forget Angela's thoughtful gift and to me that is utterly priceless!
I'm glad I was able to help to make this memory ladies. Enjoy!
I'd love to paint a memory for you, too. Please drop me an email or visit my shop (shop is under construction right now) for pricing and ordering information on my hand painted tiles and glassware.
I also like to take a quick moment to wish my husband Mark a very happy 30th anniversary coming up. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement of me and my artwork over the years. XO With much love!!!
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