Fill in your pumpkin with the matching color flood icing,
making sure your icing reaches your outline all the way around.
Pop any obvious air bubbles with a toothpick, but don't take too long!
Quickly pipe stripes with your black flood icing.
It will sink into your base color and create a flat surface.
(that's called the wet-on-wet technique)
Curve your lines a little bit, like tiny smiles,
to give your pumpkin some dimension.
Grab a toothpick!!!!!
Starting at the top of the pumpkin, somewhere near the middle,
drag your toothpick through the stripes all the way to the bottom without picking it up.
Make your line curve outward just a bit....
y'know, like the section of a pumpkin!
Don't stop to admire your work....keep going....don't let it dry!!!
Now start at the bottom and pull your toothpick up to the top.
(Don't forget to curve your line out the opposite direction!)
Now just keep going!
Alternate the direction of your stripes, continuing to the outside edge.
If you look really closely at the ivory icing my toothpick just swept through,
you'll see little wrinkles.
That's what happens when the flood icing begins to set
before you finish dragging your stripes.
One other really important tip!!!
Wipe off your toothpick between stripes!!!!
See that icky looking paper towel up there?
For these stripes you definitely want a 'clean' stop and start.
If you leave icing on your toothpick,
you'll have a dot of color above the beginning 'V' of each stripe.
On second thought....try it both ways.
Experiment a little, see which one you like best.
(Then you get to eat the other one!)
Fill in your stem with black flood icing and let the whole cookie dry!
Perfect little chevron pumpkins!
That wasn't so hard, was it?!
If you'd like to add an extra touch,
change to a leaf tip on your black piping icing
and pipe some big swoopy leaves on your pumpkins.
I hope you try these.
I'd love to see some pics if you do!!!
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