Painting On Gumpaste/fondant Question...

Decorating By Elise87 Updated 29 Apr 2009 , 3:32am by mieyo

Elise87 Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 6:57am
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I was thinking in the future i could do a little painting on a gumpaste plaque or a little painting onto the actual fondant on the cake. I havn't done this before and my question is what do i use to paint with?

Paste colours? Powdered colours? Chalks (can i mix the powder that comes off them with something else)? I also don't want the images to have a wet look to them afterwards if that makes sense. Any help is greatly appreciated. icon_smile.gif

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deliciously_decadent Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 7:20am
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i have been trying to find this out too so i will be really interested to find this out too!

PatricesPieces Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 7:53am
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You can use paste colors or you can use petal and luster dusts thinned with either vodka, or lemon extract. The petal dusts dry to a matt finish and the luster dusts have a shine to them. You can buy these from Global Sugar Art as well as other sites online. The petal and luster dusts are my choice, but I have done both.

Hope this was helpful....

deliciously_decadent Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 8:15am
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oh i was meaning the lovely hand painting not to just paint the whole cake in lustre. i have tried the powder mixed with alcohol but found it can bleed a little? any thoughts?

Elise87 Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 8:34am
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yeh me too, like a painting of a little house on a plaque or on the side of a cake or something like that

PatricesPieces Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 8:34am
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Yes, so was can do fine details..sometimes you have to wait for some sections to dry and start with the light colors first. Practice on some fondant or gumpaste and play with the colors....see what happens.

Elise87 Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 8:38am
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Oh cool thanks. Quick question...have you ever tried using the dust of chalks mixed with the lemon or vodka to paint with....can that work? Would that be similar to powered colours?

deliciously_decadent Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 8:48am
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oh thankyou! i will try it out, doing a show cake that i wanted to paint on. i am such a fan of your masks!! i am going to have a masquerade for my 30th on a few yrs just to give me an excuse to make a cake with them!!

Elise87 Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 9:01am
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yeh i was gonna say that i saw your teacup serenatea n thought it was great!... n you painted a pic of a rose on there! icon_biggrin.gif

PatricesPieces Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 9:28am
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Thank you adatay for the compliments on my masks...I love making them.

Elise...I have not tried using the chalk mixed with alchohol....I used some chalks to outline and accent on the tea cups that you mentioned. But they are mostly painted with the petal dusts. I have heard others that have used chalks crushed up and mixed with alcohol, but I have not tried. You also have to worry about food grade. You can buy food grade dusts....

If you have any more questions just keep em coming, or pm me, I will share anything I know...

Thanks again for the compliments...


Elise87 Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 10:01am
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yeh i thought i did see non toxic edible chalks at a cake decorating place but not know much about them. I want to buy them anyway to put on gumpaste flowers n can't really afford to buy all the dusts at the moment so was thinking i could use the chalk dust with liquid to make a paint if i needed to for small paintings, but i might go ask the place n double check how safe they are. Thanks 4 yr help icon_smile.gif

deliciously_decadent Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 10:16am
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the chalks are not food grade. they are non toxic but only to be used on decorations like flowers etc that will not be consumed, you can only paint on the actual cake with food grade powders etc, i have the chalks and know that they aren't to be used on the actual cake icon_smile.gif

Elise87 Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 2:55pm
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Oh nooooo lol Oh well maybe i can just use them just for a painting on a plaque if i need to that will be removed off the cake and not eaten icon_smile.gif Oh by the way i love the cake you added recently with the brown ribbon and beads around the bottom, very pretty!

deliciously_decadent Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 8:43pm
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oh thankyou!! the beads are attached to the cake board i made not the actual cake icon_smile.gif

bakingatthebeach Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 8:48pm
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Ive tried using the chalks as paint, was too light. I used the icing colors diluted with a tiny bit of vodka, used them straight, I think diluted they dry better and it was easier for me to shade. The gumpaste teacups on my photos are painted with the icing colors, gel or paste, all worked.

Elise87 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:07am
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oh ok, well thats good news cose i have alot of the paste colours lol I saw your teacups too bakingatthebeach, you did a great job with the painting and like you said the paste colours worked just fine!

tygre Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:59pm
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I have several "painted" cakes in my pics, some are diluted paste colors some are dusts......but most of the dark colors have a shiny finish. The fishing cake is a watercolor type painting on MMF, the 3 tier is more of an oil paintiing look and the knight/Marine are done on a sugarpaste plaque. I'd be happy to answer specific questions.......

CakeMommy3 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 4:22pm
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How much vodka do you mix with the color? Is paste color the same thing as gel color? I tried painting with straight gel, and it stayed sticky. I mixed some gold luster dust with vodka, but it didn't come out as gold as I would have liked. Maybe I used too much vodka.

bakingatthebeach Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 7:05pm
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Use a dropper and just add a few drops at a time to your icing colors til you get the consistency you like. And I agree with the gold, tried that on my cala lillys in my pic and it was hard to get a consisntent solid gold, so I dry brushed it on instead, rubbing it with the brush made it more of a solid gold and then steaming it afterwards set the color.

Elise87 Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 9:07am
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Ok so havn't been on this thread for a while but hoping someone will realize i have posted this lol but i am making some graduation cookies and i am painting on some lines with the black paste colouring. I will prob finish them close to when i need to take and stack them and not sure if the colouring would have dried by then.

Can i use a hair dryer to dry it faster if need be or will that make the fondant sticky and soft or is there a better way to dry it faster? Sorry if it's a silly question

allycook Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 12:57pm
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Thanks for asking this. I too have wondered about it being sticky.

Elise87 Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 1:13am
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can anybody help us?? lol

mieyo Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 3:32am
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I have painted with paste colors before, and it does dry with a very wet look to it. Anything that's painted will also remain sticky, even if diluted with water.

I'm not sure if you can see in the pictures, but the watering can was white fondant, painted with heavily diluted black paste coloring, and it came out with a nice sheen that worked for what I was going for.
I also painted the picture on the packet of seeds. It was straight paste coloring, and came out very shiny -- I didn't like it at all.

I think you can see some of the shinyness a little better in this picture:

I painted the black stripes and faces on the bees.

Hope this helps!

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