Hello! I'm Alex, and I created Piped & Painted a few years ago to showcase pictures of my hand-painted cookies. I currently work as a UX Designer in Portland, Oregon. While I love designing digitally, after staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, I really needed a tangible creative outlet.
It wasn't overnight that I decided to paint cookies. I've always enjoyed baking and over the years I tried my hand at baking some festive cakes and cookies. A Harry Potter cake, unicorn cakes, a teapot cake – to name a few. I managed to find a few terrible photos and I must say, I've come a long way since :)
The cookie thing really started around easter 2015, when I baked easter egg and bunny cookies. I got really into royal icing and tried my hand at decorating them with different colors. It was fun, but I found it a pain to make multiple colors of frosting and having to put them in separate piping bags and so on.
When Mother's Day rolled around, I thought it would be nice to bake my mom something. She loves the blue willow china pattern, so I decided that would be my inspiration. Knowing that the design would be too difficult to pipe, I went to the store and bought food coloring gel to try painting the cookies instead. It turns out if you let royal icing dry, it is the perfect blank canvas!
An entire audiobook later, I had created something I was really proud of and I couldn't wait to do more. All of sudden ideas started popping into my head left and right.
The only problem is that baking and painting cookies is so time consuming that I lost momentum not too long after. From start to finish, the whole process takes at least two days. First you have to bake them and let the icing dry overnight. Then comes painting which can take quite some time. The blue willow cookies took roughly an hour each to paint.
Because of this, I don't get to do it as much as I'd like. It is hard to maintain regular posts when I tend to only bake around holidays and special occasions. My hope is that this newly designed website will inspire me to start creating again on a more regular basis.
I get a lot of inquiries asking if I sell my cookies. At the moment, I don't. This is mainly because producing them is so time consuming that I feel I would have to charge a fortune in order to make it worth it. It would also be quite difficult to maintain a number of orders at any given time. If I do decide to sell in the future, I'll most likely only take local orders, as shipping cookies seems to risky.
I also get asked if my cookies are actually eaten. And the answer: absolutely. In fact, the temporal nature of cookies is probably my favorite part. Besides the equipment used to bake them, they take up no space at all!
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for cookies, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!