How Do I Paint Fondant!

Decorating By healigh Updated 3 Jun 2008 , 12:42pm by bobwonderbuns

healigh Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 1:28am
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Do I use my food coloring and just water it down? And are there any tricks so no running occurs. Like let something dry before starting the next color....

Please help asap, I've got to get this cake done.

Thanks!!!!
Heather

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Texas_Rose Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 1:32am
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Use paste color thinned with vodka or lemon extract (I prefer to use vodka, it's cheaper and leaves no taste behind when it evaporates). It will dry quickly. If you're worried about it running, then don't thin the paste color very much, but a thicker color will take longer to dry.

healigh Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 1:38am
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Thank you. What is paste color. Do I buy it or make it? And can I get it at Micheal's...like a wilton product or from a cake supply place?

This is obviously my first time so thanks for the help.

Texas_Rose Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 1:42am
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Paste color is just the little tubs of color they sell in the cake aisle, at Michaels, or even (good news because they're open 24/7) at Walmart. It's made by Wilton.

I've heard you can get better stuff at the cake decorating shops, for example Americolor gel colors, but I've always used Wilton and it works for me.

this-mama-rocks Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 1:51am
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Hi Texas Rose-

I've noticed when I paint fondant with paste/vodka, the painted areas look shiny and are sticky to the touch. Do you know what I am doing wrong? Is it wrong proportions of paste to vodka?

Thanks!

Texas_Rose Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 1:59am
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Originally Posted by this-mama-rocks

Hi Texas Rose-

I've noticed when I paint fondant with paste/vodka, the painted areas look shiny and are sticky to the touch. Do you know what I am doing wrong? Is it wrong proportions of paste to vodka?

Thanks!




It comes out shiny for me if I use more color than vodka. The stickiness goes away after a while. I've noticed that when I paint on marzipan, I get a matte finish, no matter how much color I use.

I bought a bottle of Wilton's white color...I'm going to experiment with mixing that with the paste color and vodka to see if I can get pastel shades. Maybe someone else has already tried that...anyone?

jenbashore Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 2:09am
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I just tried the wilton white coloring to make a pastel color to paint with and it was a disaster icon_cry.gif I used vodka, wilton white and black. Maybe I did something wrong but you live and learn.

oilili Posted 3 Jun 2008 , 12:16pm
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I've been told to use powder food colours instead of gel paste in order to avoid "sticky" or "running" problems.
haven't tried yet.

Texas_Rose Posted 3 Jun 2008 , 12:22pm
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Originally Posted by jenbashore

I just tried the wilton white coloring to make a pastel color to paint with and it was a disaster icon_cry.gif I used vodka, wilton white and black. Maybe I did something wrong but you live and learn.




I tried too. The vodka makes the color separate out. When I tried again with just the white color and a little bit of color, it did make a nice opaque color. I thinned it a little bit with glycerine and then it dried shiny. It takes a little while to dry.

bobwonderbuns Posted 3 Jun 2008 , 12:28pm
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When the cake club met not too long ago, we did a painted cake using lustre dusts and vodka. Worked like a charm!! icon_biggrin.gif

twooten173 Posted 3 Jun 2008 , 12:38pm
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bobwonderbuns, did you mix them or paint it and dust w/ lustre dust

bobwonderbuns Posted 3 Jun 2008 , 12:42pm
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Well here's a little trick I learned from some big name in the biz... we put a small 1/4 tsp size (or smaller) scoop of lustre dust on a glass plate then took an eyedropper and added some vodka NEAR the dust, not in it. Then slowly with the brush we mixed and blended the two and painted on like that. You don't want to put the Vodka right into the lustre dust or it will clump and get to be a sticky mess and difficult to work with. Also paint on lightly and wait to dry then go over it again instead of one thick coat.

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