Yesterday's monarch butterfly was quite well-received…and left me with quite a lot of leftover black icing. So, today I tried piping another butterfly: the black tiger swallowtail, which happens to be the official state insect of Virginia. You'll need black stiff consistency royal icing, parchment paper squares, a flower nail, a Styrofoam brick to rest the nail in, round toothpicks, petal tip #104, and round tip #3. Start by sticking a parchment square to the nail with a dab from the glue stick.
Hold the #104 petal tip almost flat against the surface with the narrow end aiming toward the middle of the nail, and pipe one of the butterfly's wings. Move your hand as though you're writing a backwards, upside-down number "3".