I am only making my second ever gingerbread house. I'm doing a barn. Has anyone every "painted" on actual gingerbread to make it look like boards of wood? I kept the natural brown because I wanted it to be obvious that it was gingerbread and now I wish I had stamped it or something to make it stand out more. Any suggestions? I didn't want to cover the whole thing in fondant. (did that on the first one. Don't see the point of making it out of gingerbread if it looks like a cake..lol) I'm just wondering if it's doable. I used to decorate cakes and was a tole painter. Just thinking if I can somehow combine those to make this happen. I know I could do it on frosting/fondant, just wondering if it's possible on bare gingerbread.
You can paint on it with food coloring or watered down royal icing. Use a color that's darker than the gingerbread color, then you can use some lighter for accent color.
I was worried about bleeding but the watered down royal icing sounds like a good idea. Thanks. I will give that a try. :)
Try just painting on grain in light stripes and don't forget the knot holes. Sounds like fun..
OHMYGOSH!!! Thank you, Costumeczar!! I did the thinned royal frosting. I was hoping to do a dry brush or something like that to do the boards, no go. However, it made my barn look so old and rustic looking. It wasn't at all what I was going for but I LOVE it!! Will post pics when done :)))))