Im not a pro, and I would like to know exactly what you wonderful ladies use to paint straight on fondant, to achieve that shiny color, I am making a "flower pot" cake this week and I would like to paint the orange straight on the fondant to give it a more realistic feel.
I use a little bit of vodka mixed with gel colors. The vodka will help the gels dry.
I painted my teapot cake using this method
You can also use real lemon extract, since it's mostly alcohol. It dries fast, too.
vodka is the best to use because it evaporates so quickly, but you can use clear extracts, too. i'm not of legal drinking age, so i just use clear vanilla extract for now. it doesn't evaporate as quickly, but much, much better than just mixing with water (that'll take forever to dry, if it even does).
I put just a small amount of clear vanilla in the bottom of a bowl, not enough to cover the entire bottom. Then I put a glob of color off to the side and using my brush I pull in as much color as I think I'll need for the area I'm painting. I don't like to mix the color in because I want it to be all one shade and density of color. You can always add in more color if you need it, or use a paper towel to wipe off if you added too much color. You'll get a feel for your project almost immediately and know how much you want to mix in. It's scary until you do it. You'll be surprised how quickly you get the hang of it.
I use liquid airbrush color or vodka mixed with color/dust. The most important thing when painting a large surface one color is not to go over the painted surface (like with a second coat) until the first coat is completely dried. Otherwise you will pull the color up as you go. HTH
great, thanks for all the advice! I will give it a try tomorrow