Thursday, 27 October 2011

Mock en bouche

Before you ask, no, mock en bouche is not a real thing. Did that stop me from making it? Of course not!

You may or may not remember me saying that it was my life long dream to make the perfect croche en bouche (see 'my caramel fiasco'). Well yesterday, along with the help of my wonderful su chef, mum, i did a practice run. It wasn't a real croche en bouche because we didn't have a mold so the pyramid was well wonky, and anyway i was just messing around with putting it together bit because we weren't sure what to do with the caramel after (rather miraculously) we had made it.

Below are some pictures of the rise and fall of my mock en bouche.

Check out how cool the caramel looks on top! 

It wont be soon till i have made the perfect croche en bouche now! And besides, this may not have looked that great but it tasted A-MAZ-ING!!! (Sorry you couldn't have any but they 'aven't invented teleportation yet, *sigh*.)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Note to self

The other day my sister was reading "the rain door'. Its an amazing children's book and i would definitely recommend it, but the best thing about it is that its illustrated by Quentin Blake. Whilst looking at the cover my sister said something along the lines of, 'why bother writing Quentin Blake on the cover? Its so obvious its illustrated by him'.
I just thought 'when i am older, and have become an awesome children's illustrator, i want to be so well known that they don't bother putting my name on the fronts of books'. And that my friends, is a pretty wicked ambition, and now officially what i will say the next time someone asks me what i want to be when I'm older.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

My caramel fiasco

So... i know its been quite a long time sense i last posted something new but I'm in year ten now and there's loads of pressure on me to do well in my GCSE's and as a result I've been getting lots more homework. However (good use of connectives, at least the tonnes of English homework I've been given is rubbing off on me), I intend to keep posting on my blog none the less, just maybe not so often.

Unfortunately due to lack of brilliance to show off with at the moment I have had to resort to posting things which show of some of my worse characteristics. Characteristics like my inability to make caramel without it crystallizing, on the up side the bubbles looked amazing (like some kind of alien landscape). So anyway here is a video of my crystallized caramel:

Oh, and would you look at that I spelled crystallized wrong in the video (maybe i was wrong about the English homework)!

I hope you enjoyed the video! And if you were wondering why I was trying to make caramel, it is because it is just one of the many cooking skills I have to require to be able to fulfill my lifelong dream of making the perfect croque en bouche (a tower of profiteer rolls held together with caramel).

So farewell my amazing readers, I bid you adieu.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Cut it out!

Hello! And may I just say thankyou to the 4 people who have had the brilliance to become my followers, it means a lot to me that at least some people like my humble attempt at a blog.

Before I write anything else, I would like to apologise for the title. I know its a terrible pun (and you'll see why in just a moment), but i really couldn't think of anything else.

The picture pictured bellow is one of something i made over the summer hollidays. I'm not really sure what you would describe it as but I'm very proud of it and wanted you to see it. (It seems strange writing 'you' as if I'm actually talking to someone because from where I'm sitting its like I'm talking to a computer, especially when I read it outloud to see how it sounds. But then its more like I'm talking to myself. I'm not sure which is worse.)

So there you have it. It might seem like a very short post but its really all i have to display as I'm now back at school and have considerebly less time for artistic for creative happenings. I hope to post again soon but until then feel free to leave a comment and have splendiferous fun doing whatever it is you do in those disparing hours you spend without my blog. (Hopefully something illegal because that's allways more fun.)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Fimo fanatic

After reading the title of this post you may be wondering what fimo is, I will explain. Fimo is an oven hardening clay which you can make nearly anything out of, (even false teeth but you would have to eat soup for the rest of your life so...). But anyway,  this post is basically just pictures of my many fimo creations.
Mini fimo Starbucks frappaccino earings.

Cake ring.

gingerbread earings.

another cake ring, not yet attached to its ring, pictured next to a bottle cap to show the size.

Yet another type of cake ring.

All my cake rings together.

So there you have it, my fimo creations. There were others but they were presents for people so i have no photographic evidence of their existence.

I end this blog with another thought,  while making these, i used my hairdryer to dry the paint. Considering I'm a teenage girl, is that strange?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

My sketchbook

If three is a lucky number then this post must be super lucky since, it's my third post, today is the 23rd and I started writing this at 13 minutes past 5.

So anyway, I drew the picture to the left to represent my blog. I'm not sure how this young lady came to find herself stuck in a teapot. I am also unsure of how she became small enough to fit in there anyway (she probably drunk from a bottle labeled 'drink me' which made her begin shrinking uncontrollably). But however irresponsible she must have been to get into such a predicament, at least she had the sense  to write some notes from inside her teapot. And she must have been quite clever because now she has gained the honor of being my profile picture. Maybe she got stuck in the teapot as a clever publicity stunt?

This post is titled 'my sketchbook' because i have selected some of my favourite pictures from my sketchbook and scanned them onto my computer so that the few people who read my blog can see what my everyday artwork is like. These are the pictures:

So au revior my little chummies, I hope you enjoyed this post. Now I'm off to watch some rubbish TV, (yeah I know i should do something more arty but everyone needs a break and anyway my latest creation is still drying so i can't add anymore to it currently.)

Oh, before i publish this I will just say that I finished writing this at 33 minutes past 5, how's that for lucky?

Friday, 19 August 2011

chocolate mint cake

Yesterday I was busy making this beauty of a cake. It's primarily a chocolate sponge cake but it's soooooo much better because it also has heaps of mint matchmaker sticks and nutella. Now, if you are any kind of chocolate fan, and who isn't, you will know just how delicious those two things are.

I spent hours slaving away in the kitchen (not really, i actually enjoyed it) but let me tell you, it was worth it! (But like really worth it not in the fake kinda way loreal means it) The cake was so moist and yet it had crunch from the matchmakers. The chocolate was rich but the mint lightened the flavor. (And I hope you know I'm just saying this to make you drule and wish you had the cake, because that's the kind of evil girl I am. Alright I'll stop.)

There was only one thing wrong with the whole thing and that was that, whist heating some nutella to drizzle on top, I accidentally caramelized it.

The result was something which had the texture halve, complete with crunchy bits where the sugar had hardened completely. Surprisingly it actually tasted quite nice! It tasted almost exactly like the roasted hazelnuts you can by in a paper cup in the west end at Christmas time, although I'm guessing that eating caramelized nutella out of a saucepan is probably a lot worse for you!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Budding young artist

I'm so exited! This is my first post on my new blog (well ok, I never really had an old blog so...). As I'm not really sure what one is supposed to write on a blog I will start of by telling you, whoever you may be, a bit about me and this blog. (By the way, what is with the word blog? It's quite strange isn't it? It's one of those really fun words to just say over and over again. Go ahead, just try saying blog loads of times in a row, 'tis quite satisfying.)

So anyway, I am a 14 year old girl and would describe myself as "a budding young artist". The only qualifications I have to support this statement are: I got a level 8 in my year 9 art results (for those of you who don't really understand levels, level 6 is average for year 9s, level 7 is above average and I got a level 8!) and my mummy thinks I'm good at art, so ok, I don't have any real qualifications, but I'm only 14, gimme a break!

This blog is hopefully going to be a way to exhibit my artwork for people to see. Here are a few pieces of my artwork to start with;

 The first picture is one i made to enter into a radio times royal wedding cover competition. I didn't win, but hey, that's life, and I have learnt from my mistakes. It is mostly paper cuttings except for the leaves which are printed out tiny stamps.

The second picture is one i made for my friend who wanted things to hang on her wall. The face has been covered because i know the friend in question would hate for it to be shown online. It is mostly drawing with some elements of collage.

The third picture is one i just did because I felt like it. This picture was inspired by the shape of a  paint chipping on my bathroom wall, it might seem strange but I can make faces and objects out of nearly anything. Actually when I was younger i got really scared of a pile of clothes because I made out a scary face in the folds of the fabric. I didn't get much sleep that night, I'll tell you that.

So hopefully that has convinced you of my artistic talent. If it hasn't then stay tuned anyway and maybe someday I'll post something which will. I end this post in true 'QI' style and leave you with this thought: when you make an account on google there is a section for gender, the options are female, male and... other. Who would constitute as other? Just something to think about.