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post #1 of 23
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Hello, I am new to the forum and I am looking for feedback. My of my new passions is cake decorating icon_smile.gif , one of my "old" passions - is acrylic painting. I have seen some products on line that appear to resemble acrylic painting (i.e. www.sweetstampen.com) but I would like to know if any of you have any any experiences with painting on fondant and what products do you use? I am looking for solid and rich colors, not the watercolor affect that we get with food coloring.

Any advise or recommendation on products would be appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif :
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Charlene
post #2 of 23
You can mix paste/gel colors with a bit of extract or something to make paint... I've also found that sometimes certain brands of airbrush color make good paints but some are not so good.

I hand painted my cheetah cake (airbrushed background, hand painted details) and my dragon cake using the above methods...
post #3 of 23
This is something I will be trying too. There is a thread that discussed this in the past.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-35319-painting.html+fondant

And here is a link that will be interesting too: http://www.jollybebakery.com/painted.html
post #4 of 23
I have done some painting on fondant with food coloring. It's really fun. What you need is the Americolor food colors and some Donna Dewberry brushes. Thin your food coloring with either alcohol or distilled water (spring water and tap water both contain minerals, and can cloud the final paint when it is dry). Tap off some of the color onto a blotting cloth or paper towel before applying to the cake.

The drawback is that, unlike the One Stroke method, you cannot go back and paint over a mistake. Both fondant and buttercream grab onto color and do not let go.

Looking forward to seeing your paintings -

Theresa icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 23
Hi, I often paint on my cake covering. Use of a sponge with several layers and colours finishing with silver or gold of your choice, or lustre of your choice can look fantastic. Mix dust, chalk, pastes or liquid food colours depending on the look you are after. Colouring the fondant in a base colour will give a more solid look. Use alcohol only tomix NOT water as it will eat into the sugar in your icing. Often we paint onto a sugarpaste plaque and attach that to the cake, saves you messing up your covering on the cake. Would send you some photos, but I don't know how to load them onto this site, sorry. Hope this helps, Leonie, Brisbane Australia.
post #6 of 23
Actually I've found that if you make a small mistake on fondant, (like a splatter mark) you can take a damp finger or towel and rub it out gently...but of course you could not fix a huge boo boo.
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and....if you have mistake on white fondant i found by accident of course that you could put some white coloring (do not dilute) really thick let the color sit for a couple of minutes then go back with a paper towel moisten with alchohol and gentley rub out the error......I was able to rub out a large black area on white...with no traces of the black after done...........I put on the white to try and cover but realized i only made it look worse when i went to wipe off it all cleaned ........you should have seen the look on my face.....
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post #9 of 23
hiya charlene and welcome to c.c.
I have an idea for ya hun.... get some white gel or paste food coloring and mix your "paints"(gel or paste food colors) with it to the desired tint. Then use it as you would gouache.
That way you will get the opaque effect that you are looking for instead of the transparent effect of straight food colors. You might also try to add the tint to some thinned buttercream if you are looking for a more impasto effect.
Hope this helps.
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post #10 of 23
Hi Charlene,

Yes our gel pastes are used to paint on cakes. To our knowledge, our chef, Laure'l Silverberg was the first to try this and teach it.

The kit we carry is made up of Americolor's Gel paste colors and we recommend lots of white to blend the colors well. We have also recently discovered you can use this same technique on white chocolate by first brushing it with Americolor's Flo Coat. We also carry this but it's not up on the web yet.

Do please use new brushes and keep them with your kitchen tools.

Good luck and don't hesitate to contact us should you have questions.

Holly
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post #11 of 23
Hi,

i have been trieing to paint on the cakes. you could buy a bottle of bright white food color and then add any color to it to paint.
If you use bright white mixed with other colors the paint feels like real and you can paint on colored fondant without any problems.
Another tip is not to paint on a cake immidiately. let the base dry for a few hours and then do your painting.
post #12 of 23
Painting with luster dust is lots of fun,too. Just make it wet with lemon extract. It really gives a nice effect. I've done several cakes this way icon_smile.gif

Cindy
post #13 of 23
Thanks for teaching me how to "erase" boo-boos.

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post #14 of 23
I have the Wilton brush on colors...I made some fondant "birthday boxes" and painted them using the brush on colors, very intense color. I wanted more of a pastel but we all learn from trial and error. When I experiment again I will use piping gel and a whitener to the brush on colors...in my mind it would be the same type of technique as using blending gel or floating medium to acrylic paints. CC is such a treasure to me, I am very new to decorating cakes, although I have been baking cakes since I was 7, ( I will be 59, yikes!) I always just frosted them. Bank account is suffering from all the gadgets and supplies I've bought lol. Many thanks to all these talented decorators for their wisdom and helpful suggestions.
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post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you to all of you for your information!

Charlene
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