Making cheese characters

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Making cheese characters

Postby PikaMama » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:22 pm

I did this tutorial for my blog and it took me quite a while to figure out how to do it. I normally free-hand my cheese designs but I was getting a lot of requests to find another way :D This took me a lot longer than free-handing but seems to be a pretty good way for someone without drawing skills to duplicate a design on cheese!

Okay so you start out with a picture of what you want!
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Next you cut around the outside of the picture and place it on a piece of cheese. Trace around the outline with food color markers.
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Remove the paper and this is what you will have
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Now you're going to start to de-construct the pattern. Cut away the feet and tops of the ears and place pattern back on the cheese
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Trace around the new areas with your food color marker and you will have this.
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Now we can cut out the smaller details like the eyes, mouth and other arm. Trace around these new areas.
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Now that you have the outline done it's time to start coloring!
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Don't worry if you color outside of the lines a litte because we're going to cut the shape out!
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Now you can use a sharp knife to cut out the shape. I use a serrated steak knife but you can use whatever kind you are comfortable with
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Voila! A cute cheese creature for your next bento lunch! And you can save the cheese scraps for salads or sandwiches
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby veganf » Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:45 am

What brand food markers do you use? I've been using Wilton and they seem kind of dry.
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby Biggie » Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:51 am

Hey, nice tutorial, PikaMama! Thanks for sharing it here!
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby Lethargic » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:04 pm

What a great tutorial! I will definitely have to try this! :D thanks.
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby Biggie » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:07 pm

Hey PikaMama, do you have a URL for the tutorial on your blog?
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby PikaMama » Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:04 pm

veganf wrote:What brand food markers do you use? I've been using Wilton and they seem kind of dry.


Mine are called Betty Crocker Easy Writer food decorators. I got some Wilton once because I wanted to have a black marker and I promptly returned them to the store. I don't care for the wilton ones at all
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby PikaMama » Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:05 pm

Biggie wrote:Hey PikaMama, do you have a URL for the tutorial on your blog?


Sure thing!

http://bentomama.livejournal.com/17233.html#cutid1
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby veganf » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:56 am

Wow. They had the Betty Crocker markers on sale at my local supermarket. Soooooo much better than the Wilton ones! Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby killerkitty » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:59 pm

That's all there is? Markers? I've been looking at some awesome cheese designs forever, and I always thought they were nori/similar stuff cutouts on cheese, not just drawings... Whoa, good thing I never tried cutting anything out of nori, it would have been quite frustrating!
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Re: Making cheese characters

Postby Mom2Boo » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:09 am

That is so cool!
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