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post #1 of 59
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What is the best thing to use to paint on fondant? I have the edible pens but there must be somethingelse. Thanks in advance for any ideas. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 59
powdered colors mixed with alcohol. Like everclear or or vodka, just mix til it is of painting consistency but not too runny
post #3 of 59
You dont have to use powdered colours, you can also use gel colours. I use them all the time. mixed with vodka, always vodka (its just my prefrence) . As above, dont make it too runny, if its too runny, it will be sloppy and your fondant will go soggy.

and as your painting, make sure you use a good quality brush, one where the hairs wont fall out. Also, when loading your brush with the 'paint' Dont over load it, keep it as dry as possible. Sometimes you may need to do two or 3 coats of paint before you get a really strong colour, but let each coat dry inbetween completey before the next. It takes longer, but this way you dont run risk of your fondant going gooey.
post #4 of 59
I just use Wilton colour paste mixed with a little vodka. I really should buy some powdered colours as I am sure you might get a better result....but the paste works fine icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 59
I also use a bit of corn syrup mixed with the vodka and gel color- gives the 'paint' a nice consistency. I also find it's better to do more than one coat.
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post #6 of 59
I'm so glad this question was asked as I was just wondering about what to use to paint on fondant. I'm a newbie and am very happy I found this site!

So what would the ratio be of color to vodka? Any suggestions on the amount of each to start with?
post #7 of 59
I use vodka with gel color. Just use a little at a time until you get the right consistency. If you add too much alcohol, just let it sit a bit - it will evaporate off. I find it helpful to tint the fondant a complimentary color first - I just uploaded a guitar cake where i tinted the fondant a tan color first, then painted over. this way the white won't show through.
post #8 of 59
Is there a way to do it without vodka?
post #9 of 59
Ya, I use all the other stuff too, I just prefer the powder most of the time but I do like the Wilton paste colors also.

You can use Lemon extract.
post #10 of 59
Most people use vodka because it evaporates much better than water, and doesn't soak in or run like water. Some use lemon juice, too.

You need to thin out the gel, or it just globs on and doesn't move like paint - and you use such a small amount, it'll take you ages to go thru even an airplane size bottle of vodka.
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post #11 of 59
I use air brush color mixed with alcohol--I use everclear.

I haven't had good success with just the color alone--maybe lemon extract which has a high alcohol content could work too instead of liquor.

Lemon extract--not lemon juice.

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post #12 of 59
I prefer painting with gel or paste mixed with just a little clear vanilla. When I'm pressed for time, I'll hand paint the fondant as opposed to kneading the color in. I like this look better.
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post #13 of 59
You can use any extract, but the higher the alcohol content the quicker it evaporates off. Vodka has an average of 40% alcohol, by comaprison, Mccormick lemon extract has 34% alcohol for imitation and 84% for pure!

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post #14 of 59
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Originally Posted by beachcakes

You can use any extract, but the higher the alcohol content the quicker it evaporates off. Vodka has an average of 40% alcohol, by comaprison, Mccormick lemon extract has 34% alcohol for imitation and 84% for pure!

eta: vodka is cheaper! icon_smile.gif



I've always wondered about evaporation time, thanks for clearing that up. thumbs_up.gif
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post #15 of 59
So...how do you exactly make the mixture,(without vodka)?
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