Painting Vs. Rolling In Color (Gumpaste/fondant)

Decorating By chillysmommy Updated 12 Nov 2009 , 12:49am by cakesrock

chillysmommy Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 1:29am
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I was wondering how (with what) I would go about 'painting' gumpaste/fondant instead of or in addition to rolling in color. It's sometimes hard to know how much fondant a figure or part of a figure needs so I end up with a ton of little leftovers of different colors. Plus it's a pain to roll in the gel colors sometimes. It would seem, in some cases, to be easier to shape all the characters/flowers/geometric pieces at one time in white and get that all done. Then go back and paint the pieces you want in color. Am I not thinking correctly? Is it just as nice to paint them or would it be better to use colored fondant?

If I do paint them, what should I use? I know I can use a clear vanilla or some time of alcohol with a gel color, but I think I've seen a powder color???? Help!


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cakesrock Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 4:30am
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For smaller pieces, I much prefer to paint fondant and/or gumpaste. It also gives it a deeper color and you don't waste as much color. Kneading the color in is not only tedious, it's painful for me, as I have bad wrists. (I plan to invest in an airbrush soon). I just use a bit of gel color and vodka and find that does that trick. I've never tried powdered colors.

Maybe there are advantages to kneading in the color, but I haven't discovered them yet.

Though, I'm sure there are decorators out there that feel differently. icon_biggrin.gif

chillysmommy Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 6:37pm
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Thanks! I tried painting on color mixed with vanilla and I get a lot streaking and not a solid tone. Am I doing something wrong? Help!

cakesrock Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 12:49am
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Vodka evaporates better and so does lemon extract. I'm not sure about vanilla. But you have to do 'coats' so it seems streaky at first, but go over it a couple of times. I've also added corn syrup in the past and found that it makes a nice paint. But it still remains a bit tacky for a longer drying period. good luck!

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