I've used gumpaste before but I've never really painted images on it. I'm working on an idea for my son's birthday cake (superheros) and I cannot find Superman action figures anywhere. My next plan is to paint him (along with Batman, Wonder Woman and a few others) on gumpaste. How do I go about transfering a detailed image onto gumpaste?
I thought about carbon paper since no one is going to eat it but I read the carbon flecks off and causes problems. I don't have a projecter to shine the image on the gumpaste either. Are there other ways?
I made some pieces for a tribute to the 80's cake for a friend's birthday and since I don't have an edible image printer setup and I did not want to pay for the edible images, I came up with a different idea. I just printed off the images that I wanted and then used fondant with tylose added to make backers for the images. I then rolled the fondant out, let it sit for a few minutes and then used an xacto knife to cut the images to the general shape I needed. I then glued the images onto the fondant with royal icing and then cut away what additional I needed to cut. I smoothed the edges before it got completely dry with a combination of a a tiny bit of water on a small brush and then rubbing the edges with a dog bone tool. I then laid them flat to dry. Gum paste should work even better. If you want them to stand then insert sticks when the fondant of gum paste is still pliable. HTH
I have used print outs of normal paper, cut them out and used it as a template to cut my gumpaste. I then use a sharp ended tool to scribe the basic lines, then I outline with a pencil since it's non toxic. All of my Hello Kitty cakes cakes, my hula girls, and the Chick-fil-A cow are done this way. Once the lines are drawn, then I fill in the color with a mix of Americolor and vodka and use a fine paint brush.
Depending on how big you are making them, print them on paper then using a waxed thin paper put on top of the copies and trace the outlines with black royal icing, then you can flow the colours in once the black dries.