To use the DIY drawing projector you'll need:- transparency film
- a pen for writing on transparency film
- scissors (to cut the transparency film into small pieces)
- computer and printer
The principle of the drawing projector is the following:First, you need to transfer your image of choice in the right size (see “Step 1”) onto a piece of transparency film. Next, place this piece of transparency film on the CD jewel case, and switch on the flashlight. The image will be projected onto your cookie. You can now trace it with an edible food marker or a piping bag (filled with icing).
Step 1: Choosing the right size of the image on transparency film.How do we know which size to choose for the image? To find out the right size, we need to build a tool (once we have built it, we can use it for every cookie we are going to decorate):
Take a piece of transparency film and draw lines of different length on it (see left picture). I started with a line of 1 cm / 0.4 in., and finished with a line of 6 cm / 2.4 in. (increasing the length in 0.5 cm / 0.2 in. increments). Write down the length of each line (1 to 6 cm) on the sheet as well. Put this piece of transparency film on the CD jewel case, switch on the flashlight, and place your cookie (or cookie cutter) on the projection of the lines. Now you can see, how long the lines are on the cookie (see right picture). For the cookie on the right picture, I chose a width of 4.5 cm / 1.8 in. for the image on the transparency film.
|The piece of transparency film with the lines on it (left side) is a tool for finding out the right size for the image on transparency film.|
Step 2: Transferring the image onto transparency film.It's good to have a digital version of your image of choice on your computer (e.g., by scanning the image, or taking a picture of it). Resize the image to the “right” size (e.g., with a text processing program).
There are different ways to transfer the image onto the transparency film. In this example, I printed the image (4.5 cm in width) on a piece of paper (see picture below). Afterwards, I traced the printed image onto transparency film with a pen. As your cookies may vary a bit in size, you may want to also print the image a little bit larger (5 cm / 2in.) and a little bit smaller (4 cm / 1.6 in.) than the "right" size.
Alternatively, you can print the image directly onto transparency film. Make sure, that the transparency sheet you're using is compatible with your model of printer (ink-jet or laser printer).After you've decorated your cookies, you can store the piece of transparency film with the image on it for later usage.
|I printed the image of choice in three different sizes (width: 5cm, 4.5cm and 4 cm) on a piece of paper.|
Afterwards, I traced the image onto a piece of transparency film with a pen.
Step 3: Projecting the image onto your cookie.Place the piece of transparency film (with the image on it) on the CD jewel case. Fix it with some tape, to make sure it doesn't slip out of place. Now you can switch on the flashlight. The image will be projected onto the lower surface of the projector. Place your cookie on this position. Trace the projected image with a piping bag filled with Royal Icing or with a food marker. It might take some time until you know how to hold your hand so that the shadow of your hand doesn’t always get in the way.
A quick tip: If the projected image is too large for your cookie, you can make it a little bit smaller by lifting the cookie up (e.g., by placing it on a tin).
Done! To work with the drawing projector place it on a table or a desk.
Here are some examples of projected images on cookies:On the left side, you see the image on transparency film,
on the right side, you see the projected image on the cookie.
|Image traced by hand (on a pale cookie and a dark cookie).|
|Printed image. The lines were a bit too thin|
|Printed image with thicker lines.|
|Image traced by hand in different colors.|
|Projection of a cut-out shape (on a pale cookie and a dark cookie).|
Here are the decorated cookies!I flooded the different sections of the image with colored icing.
Have fun decorating!