Artist uses paint like frosting to make art that looks like cake
Posted September 27
Updated September 28
As a child, artist Carrie Smith loved decorating cakes for family members’ birthdays. Her love for cake-decorating was second only to her love of art.
In December 2016, while working in her Clearwater, Florida, studio, Smith discovered a way to combine her two childhood loves-painting and cake decorating-and that’s how her “Frosted Collection” was born.
Smith has now created more than 50 pieces of art using piped oil paint that looks, deliciously, like frosting.
Her fans are loving the results (even though viewing her work is likely to induce a serious hankering for a slice of cake!), and she now has nearly 8,000 Instagram followers.
“As soon as I started posting videos of my process to Instagram I was gaining a lot of followers per week,” Smith says. “I believe my Instagram fam was mesmerized just as much as I was. This process is super satisfying to watch and even more so to make.”
Smith grew up drawing and painting, and earned an art degree from Ohio University before setting out as a working artist in 2014. She says her love of sculpting led her to explore three-dimensional oil panting, and she’s applied her 3-D piping technique to cubes and canvases for different effects.
Smith’s process starts with choosing the paint colors and the cake-decorating tip she’s going to use. She mixes the colors, and then places them into pastry bags.
“When I scoop the paint into the pastry bag I have to make sure it lines the bag just right,” she says. “The placement of the colors is key.” And looking at her work, it’s easy to see why getting the colors placed just-so matters.
Once complete, Smith says her pieces take about three to five days to dry. But the biggest challenge, she says, is running out of paint.
“As you can imagine, this process uses a lot of medium and I wish I had an unlimited supply of it,” Smith says. “For those interested in trying this process, it's expensive but the end results are phenomenal!”
Smith sells her work online, so this good-enough-to-eat art could actually be yours. Check out her website or inquire about getting customized pieces like these initials below.
But buyer beware: While Smith says no one’s tried to take a bite out of her work just yet, there’s a first time for everything!