March Calendar Mood Board

Our inspiration for March is about the reawakening of the earth and sky early pre-Spring invites. It's the slow beginning -- showing low intensity colors not yet saturated by the Spring sunlight. -- the world is getting ready for the heat and power of the coming Season. Its a yawn and stretch after a good night's sleep.  

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February is Ready

MRobin cake design and Precious Bugarin Design have teamed up to bring you an old timey Calendar for monthly color, design, and cake inspiration. We assigned ourselves this project because we love working together. The monthly focus tunes us in to the changing seasons and gives an excuse to get together, too.  Go to the Calendar page and download yours today.

Wear Your Heart Cake- How to

This is the first how-to installment of a design project I'm doing in collaboration with my friend Precious of Precious Bugarin Design.  We missed January but are up and running for a monthly calendar download and cake ideas for every month of the year.  

I wanted to do a design that was quick to lay down.  I also wanted it to have a hand drawn look -- not as crisp and precise as a stencil.  This design is not meant to look perfect - It is meant to look like a sketch.

STEP 1

I made a heart template on a piece of parchment.  This design is so simple a template is not really needed, but I'm showing you this method in case you want to use this process with a more complex design.  

STEP 2

Lay down a strip of deco paste on your silpat. It doesn't have to be any particular size -- and arrange your template (if using) under the silpat so the bottom of the heart design sticks out below the deco paste.

STEP 3

Using a wooden skewer or some such item "draw" the heart shape through the deco paste imagining it meeting the bottom half.

STEP 4 Outline the entire heart with a contrasting color deco paste.

STEP 4

Outline the entire heart with a contrasting color deco paste.

STEP 5 Fill in the bottom half of the heart with another colored deco paste.

STEP 5

Fill in the bottom half of the heart with another colored deco paste.

STEP 6  Smooth it out and your design is ready to be baked into your jaconde.

STEP 6 

Smooth it out and your design is ready to be baked into your jaconde.

Go Font Yourself

This silly article appeared in Jezebel recently claiming that Century Gothic has overtaken Comic Sans as the most "ugly and dopey" font used.  I strongly disagree, but it reminded me that I wanted to tell you that my good friend and beloved collaborator,  Precious, of Precious Bugarin Design, and I are teaming up to bring you a downloadable monthly calendar of cake and graphic design.  She is a crazy font nerd.  Be on the lookout.

Doodling

I am a chronic doodler, so my head almost exploded when I found this website Doodlers Anonymous.  The site is deep, wide, and inspiring.

Shadow Doodle -- What!!??

Shadow Doodle -- What!!??

Analog Tutorial

Twenty years ago (maybe not even that far back) my Video Tutorial would have been a book. These How-To books were the Go-To for anyone looking to gain skill and mastery. I have a fetish for (and collection of) these "teach yourself..." books because they speak to the human drive to learn and produce and they are fun. I buy them at estate sales mostly.  Don't get me started on my Sunset Magazine How-to collection

Scherenschnitte -- Paper Cutting

Humans produce.  We get ideas and we bring them into the world. It is my most, and my least, favorite thing about being human.  This week's inspiration has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid because I could usually come up with a piece of paper and scissors for a project.  As an adult,  I'm fascinated by the detail - the process.  To make these must be a meditation. Click through the images for details on the artists.

TRADITIONAL

TRADITIONAL

MODERN

MODERN

Gray

Heading to a photo shoot today for Portland Bride & Groom. My assignment: Make a gray cake. I love the idea that MRobin cakes is the go-to for gray cakes.

Tenant Farmer's Wife, Alabama" (1936), Gelatin silver print, by Walker Evans (American 1903-1975).

Tenant Farmer's Wife, Alabama" (1936), Gelatin silver print, by Walker Evans (American 1903-1975).

Cake Decorating

One of the things that I find most inspiring about cake decorators is their commitment to lifelong learning.  From my narrow perspective, this cohort of makers is forever on the hunt to acquire  new skills,  new tools, and learn the latest process.  This constant striving really speaks to the passion people feel for cake decorating.   

I decorated a lot of cakes before I really got my passion ignited. Seeing April Reed's cakes in the early 2000's knocked my socks off. I'm not the only one who was blown away by her paradigm busting designs. Erica O'Brien's blog post from 2010 echos my sentiments exactly when comes to her inspiring work. 

Who inspires you? What made you get into cake decorating? 

 

This could be one of the most copied cakes known to humankind and with good reason.  It is fantastic in every way. One of my favorite things about it is that it looks delicious.  

This could be one of the most copied cakes known to humankind and with good reason.  It is fantastic in every way. One of my favorite things about it is that it looks delicious.  

Packaging

I was shopping around for packing materials and came across these little beauties.  It was an instant reminder of how seductive packaging can be and how great design can turn everyday materials into inspiring obejcts. 

The Meninas

This is a cake I've been meaning to make for almost three years.  Talk about inspiring...this figurine is from an incredible Spanish ceramic company called Sargadelos. You should visit their site. It took every ounce of will power to not buy everything in the store.  Their designs are modern, bold, whimsical, perfect.