What Kind Of Coloring Do I Use To Paint On Fondant?

Decorating By Iva1976 Updated 5 Sep 2008 , 7:19pm by Iva1976

Iva1976 Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 4:48pm
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I would like to paint leopard spots on my fondant.....what kind of coloring do I use? icon_smile.gif

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Texas_Rose Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 4:57pm
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Use paste colors thinned down with a little vodka. If you want an opaque effect, you can use paste color mixed with white paste color...but don't add any vodka to that mix, it doesn't work.

I just use the Wilton colors. The more vodka you use, the faster it will dry but the lighter it will be. If you use straight paste color it may take it a day to dry.

CakeDiva73 Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:03pm
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Texas_rose is right about the gel colors mixed with vodka - it works great. If you decide you want to paint more often, I would invest in a mini-kit of airbrush colors. These are in liquid form already and are easier to work with - just squirt out the color you want (or combine several) and you are good to go. Then you don't have to worry about the vodke, working quickly (drinking some of it icon_lol.gif , etc....)

I happened to have a 10 pack kit of the airbrush colors and decided to try them out and now that's all I use for fondant painting. I did just read that someone said you learn in art class never to use color straight from the bottle or tube (not sure why) but it's better to combine so I will have to try that next time.

PinkZiab Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:15pm
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I use americolor gels, straight up.

Iva1976 Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:16pm
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Thanks!! I'm new at this....and I feel lost sometimes icon_cry.gif I have one more question icon_redface.gif How long do I have to wait after I lay the fondant to paint it? CakeDiva73, where would you recommend I purchase or find info. on the airbrush kit? Ok. sorry, too many questions..... icon_smile.gif

mellormom Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:23pm
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you don't have to wait at all. Once you put the fondant on you are good to go. icon_smile.gif
Jen...

Texas_Rose Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:25pm
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You can paint it right away.

I have the vodka in a bottle with a dropper. You can buy empty bottles like that at Sun Harvest. They have very small necks so you need to use a funnel to fill it up. I just add a drop as necessary if it starts to dry out. It makes it really easy to mix.

Sarsi Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:26pm
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Also, if you don't want to use vodka or don't have any, you can use extracts. Citrus ones tend to work better as they have higher alcohol %....

CakeDiva73 Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:28pm
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I got my airbrush colors at the cake decorating store but they sell them at GSA and at alot of places online. And they are rather cheap, IMHO....about $2 a bottle. They sold a 10 pack for $20 and that's the one we got.

You can absolutely use the gel colors, I just like the total convenience of using the airbrush liquid....its a bit thicker (but you could add vodka to make it more of a watercolor) and applies and dries nicely.

I rolled the fondant, applied to warm cookies and only waited until the fondant had cooled to start painting. If you are applying to cake, you can paint as soon as it's applied. This is my favorite way to decorate - it's so creative and unique!

susanscakecreations Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:38pm
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As for the dropper bottles, you can sometimes get them at the drugstore or my local health food store has some.

I am new at this cake decorating thing too.........and I'm going to try painting a fish cake tonight!

So good luck to you!!

Susan

Texas_Rose Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 5:42pm
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Originally Posted by smartin40

As for the dropper bottles, you can sometimes get them at the drugstore or my local health food store has some.

I am new at this cake decorating thing too.........and I'm going to try painting a fish cake tonight!

So good luck to you!!

Susan




Sounds neat! You can add some (if you type it without the spaces, the rest of your words disappear, so ignore the spaces!) p e a r l dust to the mix of color and vodka to get that shiny fish look.

KHalstead Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 6:06pm
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when I paint on cake/cookies I use americolor gels straight out of the bottle, they dry in just a couple of minutes and are not tacky to the touch and don't smear once they're dry. IMO when I use the extract/vodka with gel colors they still are tacky even after over an hour of drying time and if put on too thick will smear quite easily to the touch.

Here are some examples of the americolors on fondant, royal icing, and chocolate clay

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Iva1976 Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 7:19pm
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Thank you all so much...Suddenly I don't feel so lost!! icon_biggrin.gif

(KHalstead) Wow, Beautiful cookies icon_eek.gif

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