I am so bad outlining with RI! A 4 yr old could do a better job. Therefore, I always use fondant. But sometimes I want to do RI outlines/accents on fondant. Any tips on how to do a better job? Or is it just practice, practice, practice!?
I also like to decorate with fondant but I do do a lot of royal accents. Believe me it is just a matter of practice, practice, practice. You will get better at it but it takes time.
Outlining with RI does take practice and it is also absolutely essential that it be the right consistancy. If it is too thick, it will break the lines easily. If it is too thin, they can become squiggly.
I am sure that with a little more practice you will become an expert!
I find steadying my elbow on the table or something that is even with the cake helps a lot. My hands are shaky, so I found that tip helpful.
I'm the opposite. I can't lean my arms or have them touching anything or I find myself using my squeeze bottle like a pen (touching the surface and writing). I take a deep breath before I start a cookie because breathing moves my body and messes me up. Thankfully, I haven't had a cookie yet that's made me lightheaded. LOL Touch down to attach the royal to the cookies, then lift up while still squeezing it out. Move your bottle (or bag) around the cookie as if you were writing it on there, but in the air- not on the cookie. The royal falls into place, for the most part. Every once in awhile it gets cantankerous and goes over the edge, but for the most part it works for me. The smaller the place where I need to get the royal, the closer I have to be to the cookie.
Have you checked on the videos on Karen's Cookies?
cheatize, great tip. I hold my breath when I paint the edge of a wall. I did not think to apply that to cookies. I like decorating them but I don't usually have the time, so my attempts are mediocre. Practice also conditions and strengthens the muscles used to keep steady, like with cake decorating. That is why I think I can't do it. Until I can devote more time, I will keep getting the same results.