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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I recently started airbrushing cakes. Painting on the buttercream is pretty simple, but I am having issues when it comes to fondant and modeling chocolate. The food coloring doesn't seem to sink in and set like it does on the buttercream. Is there a trick to getting the food coloring to sink in and dry on the fondant, gum paste, or modeling chocolate!
post #2 of 5

What colors are you airbrusing with?

Is the color made for airbrush, or DIY?

 

Also, airbrush in light layers. This gives the color a chance to dry. 3 light layers is better than 1 heavy layer...

 

What kinds of colors are you airbushing with? For example, pearls/metallics will not be as opaque as solid colors and need to be layered for maximum payoff.

Craftsy Instructor: Master Series: The Art of Airbrushing. 

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Craftsy Instructor: Master Series: The Art of Airbrushing. 

http://www.craftsy.com/class/the-art-of-airbrushing/418

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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
I was using black airbrush food coloring. It was made for the airbrush gun, not a DIY. I think the light layers would have worked, I probably rushed it because I wanted to get the cake done. The airbrush looked good on the buttercream just not on the modeling chocolate. Thanks.
post #4 of 5

Airbrushing on modeling chocolate does require light layers.

 

You're applying a water-based color onto a fat-based product. Color beading up and even dripping will happen unless you sloooow down. Even more than when working on fondant.

 

The brand of color also makes a difference. 

 

In my experience, it is always easier to airbrush on modeling chocolate or chocolate with lusters/pearls than with plain colors.

Craftsy Instructor: Master Series: The Art of Airbrushing. 

http://www.craftsy.com/class/the-art-of-airbrushing/418

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Craftsy Instructor: Master Series: The Art of Airbrushing. 

http://www.craftsy.com/class/the-art-of-airbrushing/418

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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the comment, I will try this the next time. I was in to much of a rush, but now I know for the future. Thanks again.
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