Do you ever just want to lie on the couch clicking "next" on an article called "Hollywood's Top 100 Transformations" instead of actually writing a blog post? Or making cookie dough. Or sweeping the kitchen for the eleventy-millionth time today? At this point in my life, I don't even know who most of them are...it might as well be called, "Total Transformations of Complete Strangers So You Can Procrastinate For Another Hour." Because you KNOW that after seeing that article for "25 Secrets From the Set of I Love Lucy" 100 times...you just won't be able to stop yourself. And it's not like your kitchen floor is going to stay clean anyway. And you can just wake up early tomorrow and make that cookie dough...and that blog post is basically going to write itself...
Except when it doesn't. And then I have to put my fingers on the keyboard and push buttons over and over again to explain the fact that I just love cookies that look old and dirty. Why aren't we living in the future where I can just think it in the direction of my computer? I mean... I'm lying on the couch with an electric blanket... I have to MOVE MY FINGERS, TOO??!!
Clearly, I'm all about making things easier on myself. And when I got some of the Arty McGoo water brushes...I realized I was about to make my decorating life SO MUCH EASIER. I put together a set of Antiquing Water Brushes. It's not really a thing, but it *could* be a thing if you make it a thing. I'm just saying.
You'll need two water brushes. Fill the barrels of both brushes with water. Add 3 drops of brown airbrush color and 1 drop of black airbrush color to ONE of the brushes. (If you don't have brown and black airbrush colors, mix 3 drops of brown food color and 1 drop of black food color with 2 tablespoons of water. Then add 3-4 drops of that mixture to the barrel of a water brush.) Now you're all set! See how easy that was?
1. To antique a cookie, grab the water brush with the brown/black mix in the barrel. Gently squeeze the barrel as you paint the food color mix into all the crevices and edges of the cookie. Don't squeeze too hard or you'll get great gobs of food coloring coming out just above the tip of the water brush. Just be nice. Like a first date. Maybe practice on a piece of paper first if you've never used a water brush. Or if you're impatient like me.
2. Grab the water brush that just has water in it and basically paint the entire cookie with water. You want to blend the harsh lines of the dark food coloring. Work quickly and don't worry about perfection. I mean..you want this cookie to look old, right?
3. Immediately wipe off the excess water with a paper towel.
4. Ta da!! Dirty old cookie at your service.
1. I *KNOW* someone is going to ask me "But won't water destroy my icing? I've heard you should only use alcohol." And my answer is -- water is fine as long as you don't let it puddle up on the cookie. And even if you do...and the icing starts to pit just a little...that's kind of the point, right? To make your cookie look old and a little the worse for the wear?
2. Make sure you cookies are COMPLETELY dry before aging them. I find it best to let them dry overnight first.
See it in action.
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See how to antique a cookie with luster dust HERE.
See how I antique a cookie with regular old food coloring and a brush HERE.