I'm looking for a good techinique on making wood grain, like for a box. I know there are impression mats, but I don't really like the way they look, because you loose the depth of color I'd like to get. I recently tried a 4-1 ratio of chocolate fondant to black, but it ever really looked right to me.
I always start with a white or beige fondant or gum paste and hand paint my wood grain with varying shades of brown and golden tones.
I start with white or ivory fondant. Then I use a wide paintbrush and an alcohol/liquid food colouring mix to paint on the woodgrain colour. It naturally streaks and has lighter and darker bits. There is a photo in my pics of a wood-grained box shortwave radio I did last month.
I saw someone on tv paint on the color you want your "wood" to be, then use a woodgraining tool you get at the hardware store in the painting dept. They were making a wooden box and it looked great. I think it may have been on food network challenge?
I use an oversized rubber stamp and stamp it on the fondant. the one I have is about 3" by 4". Got it at micheals