I’ve always loved crafts. I started with a book on making your own jewellery when I was 10 years old. Then I tried to make my own paper at 12 years old. When I was 13 I told my mum that I wanted to start a candle and soap stall at a local market (she laughed) and when I was 15 I learnt to crochet. But I was never good at any of these things. I wasn’t good at beading or paper making, and I didn’t have the patience for crochet. Last year I went to Japan and browsed a bookstore for some amigurumi books. Instead of buying an amigurumi book I left the store with a book on mini clay sweets and i’ve fallen in love with the craft ever since.
I hope this blog will be a home to my crafty endeavours but also as a home to my angry rants and other hobbies. I also hope to include many tutorials on a variety of subjects but mostly on clay because that is what i’m good at. In fact I plan on opening the blog with my first tutorial on how to get a burnt-browned colour on the top of baked goods.
This is just a quickie tutorial on how to get that browned look on top of things. I decided to make this tutorial first because I had so much trouble with this! But anyway here goes:
- Small paintbrush
- Brown soft powder pastel
1. Firstly… you need your piece of pastry that you want to brown.
2. Rub your pastel on a piece of paper so that it’s all powdery. Pick up some pigment from the paintbrush. It’s easier to work with a small amount of pastel and build up than to put too much pastel on your pastry first.
3. Brush your pigment all over your pastry. Note that raised parts of the pastry will pick up more pastry and become darker. Keep this in mind. (Sorry about the blurry picture… just can’t keep hand still when i’m just using one hand.)
4. And here you are, your browned pastries!