I am entertaining the idea of getting an airbrush and was wondering if you can use it in replacement of petal dusts? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
I have an airbrush but haven't used it for gumpaste flowers. I am not an expert with the airbrush be any means, but for me I think it would be difficult to control it and get the details that you need in flowers. For the all over covering I suppose it might work, but I haven't tried it. Sorry.
The airbrush would be a quick way to add sparkle to a bunch of flowers but I don't think this will replace the hand decoration of petal dust. I have seen people do flowers in all white and then hand-dip them in airbrush colors and layer more color on.....I guess I am thinking the airbrush would leave them looking somewhat flat but I guess if you layered the colors.....
Ok, totally backtracking on myself now because I am not sure it wouldn't work....cool idea. I might have to try it.
If you have a good airbrush (one meant for fine/detail work) you can absolutely do flowers with them. I have only done it myself once when I had a TON of flowers to do, and it definitely saved me time and I was happy with the result. I have also attended several demos that showcased this method and results were quite good! Like anything else, you would use different colors/shades to highlight/low light, and give life to the flowers, not just all-over spray with one color like you are spray painting.
my friend made a ton of GP flowers for a wedding cake that i airbrushed for her. many had 2 or 3 colours on them some had fine lines running down the center and even small dots. i spent 2 days sraying them. She was very pleased with the results that she bought an airbrush for herself, now to give her lessons. so yes it is certainly doable.