Fearless Friday, Tomato Canape Recipe Illustration

Let’s illustrate a recipe today 🍅

This is a fun project and you can practice different lettering styles too

I chose one of my favorite appetizers

Tomato Canapes with Bacon Chive Aioli

The canapes are colorful and the recipe is very short,

making it a good choice for recipe illustration

I used 2 photos from my blog post here

I started with a rough pencil sketch,

going shape by shape,

beginning with 2 halved tomatoes and a lettuce edge

I don’t worry too much about the sketch,

I just am trying to get familiar with drawing the subject

When I go back over the sketch with ink

I can make corrections as I go

After drawing the ingredients, I added the text

I used a 01 waterproof micron liner pen to finish the illustration

and then erased all the pencil

Originally I was going to use watercolor,

but I changed my mind and used markers

I bought a new set for Christmas that I absolutely love,

Caliart 121 colors dual tip markers, great price and good quality

They are organized by color on the lowest level of my Tiered Art Tray

Now the coloring fun begins!

I used shades of red, yellow and orange for the tomato halves

and shades of green for the romaine

More green shades on the green onions

and reds and browns for the bacon

I filled in the grape tomatoes with shades of red and orange

and began coloring the letters

Next the mayonnaise jar and it was almost done

I used a Zig Clean Color Dot pen to fill in the background

“Tomato Canapes” recipe illustration, 7″ x 10″ on mixed media paper

This is the 3rd recipe illustration I have done recently,

I encourage you to try this, it’s a lot of fun!

You could frame your illustration and hang it in the kitchen

or gift it to a friend along with the recipe ingredients

I used colored pencils for the Salsa Bread illustration below

Combine cooking with art!

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25 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Tomato Canape Recipe Illustration”
  1. Jenna, I love this recipe card you have created. This would be so cute framed and hung in the kitchen. It would definitely make a lovely gift along with the ingredients. Happy Friday!

  2. Martha says:

    Your art always amazes me Jenna. You are super talented!

  3. I absolutely love this! So many gift ideas come to mind! Thank you for inspiring us.

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this is so cute! I love both of your ideas of either framing it and hanging it on the wall or gifting it. You have the best ideas! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Such a fun project! I love both the recipe and the illustration…would be great to frame it and hang it on the kitchen world :-)) You are so talented!

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, I love how you create! This is and all of these are just gorgeous. You have really perfected this art. Not to mention you have delicious goodies to nibble for lunch ❤️ Happy Friday…….

    • Thank you Emily, I will be doing more of these, it’s a lot of fun! The tomato canapes have been a staple for gatherings for many years, everyone always gobbles them up!

  7. This is very cool. And I want to make the recipe as well! Happy Spring this weekend!

  8. Kari says:

    Jenna what an adorable way to present a recipe. You make it look so simple (as always) and your step by step instructions are perfect. Now if I could just do it. I have a lot of liner pens, a few with dual tips and I love the precision of them. I’ll leet you know how my work turns out. I am still a little shaky but sometimes that helps with shading. LOL
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

    • It sounds like you have some good art supplies, I hope you have fun playing around with them! If you’re not confident with free sketching, you can always trace a picture to color. Colored pencils are great ways to shade markers and you can get a good set at a reasonable price. Have fun!

  9. Rita C. says:

    Edible art! You’re making me hungry! Looks great from both an art standpoint and recipe!

  10. Nancy Sharp says:

    You always give the best appetizer recipes. I have pinned so many and I also follow you on Pinterest. Your illustrations are delightful and you make them look so easy. Unfortunately mine quite look like yours.😀 But it’s fun to try.

  11. This would make the cutest recipe book EVER! It reminds me of some of Susan Branch’s cookbooks with the wonderful illustrations along with the recipes. Your recipes always rock!

  12. Rosie M. says:

    I love your recipe illustrations. Another FABULOUS idea, Jenna. Thank you so very much.

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