Ready To Pull My Hair Out! Painting Difficulties...

Decorating By stacylambert Updated 26 Feb 2010 , 10:01am by ShellsSweetsIndy

stacylambert Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:56am
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I'm trying to do some painting on a cake and I'm having so many issues I'm about to go crazy.

The idea is that I want it to look like stained glass when I'm finished. I have my design imprinted into the fondant, and after painting I'm going to pipe in the impressions.

Anyway, I can't get anything to go right with the painting. I've tried mixing the lemon extract into gel colors (both Wilton and Americolor), but I keep ending up with concentrated bits of color that won't mix into the extract. It looks AWFUL. I also tried extract with petal dust, but I wasn't happy with that either. It seemed like it was either runny or when the lemon started to evaporate it would get thick and clumpy.

Now, on top of all that, I'm also having feathering issues on the fondant. I'm painting red and green onto ivory so it's VERY noticeable.

What am I doing wrong? Should I give up and try the food color pens instead? icon_cry.gif

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noahsmummy Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 8:08am
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ive heard that mixing colors with vodka works? ive never done this tho, never painted anything.. sorry im not much more help! good luck!

stacylambert Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 8:52am
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Originally Posted by noahsmummy

ive heard that mixing colors with vodka works? ive never done this tho, never painted anything.. sorry im not much more help! good luck!




Oh my goodness... I could kiss you!

I can't believe all it took was switching from extract to vodka. It fixed both the clumping and the feathering! I unfortunately need to recover the tier (which happens to be a hexagon... blah!), but at least now I know what to do.

Thank you so much! thumbs_up.gif

JanH Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 8:55am
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the various dusts:
(Including how to use them.)

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-54059.html

HTH

noahsmummy Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 9:00am
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haha the things you pick up in forums. =) happy to help.

Elise87 Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 9:05am
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Yep I always use vodka to mix with my gel colours for all cake paintings and never have had probs with it clumping etc thumbs_up.gif

Caths_Cakes Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 10:27am
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same here, i always use fondant, and allow each coat of paint to dry before going over it, i usually do several coats to build the colour up rather than trying to get it all in one shot

Makeitmemorable Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 10:37am
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I am also definately a vodka and colour girl !

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1569597.html

I recently did the attached cake - I love painting but when I realised I had to repeat it on the other cake and make it a mirror image I was not feeling so confident ! icon_cry.gif I thought about just putting it my left hand LOL!!!! icon_lol.gif

The vodka definitely allows you to control the colour depth and then scull the rest when you have finished to calm the nerves icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif !!!!

Good luck, would love to see a pic !

noahsmummy Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 10:46am
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The vodka definitely allows you to control the colour depth and then scull the rest when you have finished to calm the nerves icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif !!!!




LMAO!!! icon_cry.gif im loving your style! haha. and the fact you did a dutch cake.. well.. it just makes it that much better!! shoulda made a bols...lol

ShellsSweetsIndy Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 10:53am
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you can also try painting with airbrush colors. No mixing involved and you can layer colors just like gels.

Makeitmemorable Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 10:59am
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Originally Posted by ShellsSweetsIndy

you can also try painting with airbrush colors. No mixing involved and you can layer colors just like gels.





....... what ??? and no Vodka ! where is the fun in that !!! LOL Just joking thumbs_up.gif !

Loucinda Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 1:09pm
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I will still use vodka with the air brush colors too. The higher the alcohol content the better it works! (everclear is my fav.)

Ixtli Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 1:34pm
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I, too, swear by vodka....

for my cakes too icon_biggrin.gif

Caths_Cakes Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 10:50pm
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just realised i said i always used fondant, i meant vodka! lol

ShellsSweetsIndy Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 10:01am
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LOL! I guess that would take the fun factor out of it wouldn't it icon_smile.gif. I haven't tried the airbrush w/vodka. Will give it a try next time.

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