Painting On Fondant

Decorating By Kyriosity Updated 11 Nov 2011 , 3:49pm by DanaG21

Kyriosity Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 3:34am
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I am making a black and white cake next month, and rather than use black fondant, I'd like to try painting the black design on the base of white fondant. What should I use for the paint? Will I be able to get a solid enough black, or should I give up and stick to using fondant?

Thanks.

~Valerie

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FromScratchSF Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 3:54am
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Lots of cake artists HATE using black fondant, they cover in white then air brush or paint black, so it's totally possible and looks great. I use Lucks shimmer and Chefmaster colors. Both are great for hand painting.

Some people use gel colors mixed down with vodka or another alcohol but I think it's streaky and hard to cover evenly.

Good luck!

Periperi Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 4:30am
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I've had fantastic luck using black gel color and clear vanilla extract as a paint. I tried making black fondant once and it was a disaster.

kisamarie Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 4:53am
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I handpainted my safari sunset cake i posted on CC in black gel americolor mixed with vanilla extract, it worked great!

Marianna46 Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 5:15am
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The DragonBall-Z cake (Kakaroto) in my photos was hand painted. Among other colors, I used Americolor black. I used vodka to dilute it, and it worked just fine.

JennTheCakeLadie Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 5:29am
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Like everyone else, I use gel food colors diluted with vodka. Some colors take two coats, but as long as you don't get it too thin, black usually covers really well. My partner does a ton of painting on fondant and she actually uses the wilton gel colors with vodka, so you should be pretty set!

tarabara Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 6:48am
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

I use Lucks shimmer and Chefmaster colors. Both are great for hand painting.




So just to clarify, are these airbrush colours you're referring to? I know Chefmster has a number of different types of colouring but I only found airbrush colours when I googled "Lucks shimmer". Can you hand paint with airbrush colour or is it too thin?

FromScratchSF Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 3:13pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

I use Lucks shimmer and Chefmaster colors. Both are great for hand painting.



So just to clarify, are these airbrush colours you're referring to? I know Chefmster has a number of different types of colouring but I only found airbrush colours when I googled "Lucks shimmer". Can you hand paint with airbrush colour or is it too thin?




Both are "for" airbrush but I personally think they are the perfect consistency for hand painting and about 10000% easier to use then gel colors thinned with alcohol. Every time I've ever tried to use gel colors my lines are streaky, the alcohol evaporates quickly so you have to keep thinning which makes your "paint" look dark on some spots and lighter on others, then if you go over an area too much it gums up and starts melting your fondant. Ug. Airbrush colors are the perfect consistency, don't evaporate as fast, and go on really smooth with fantastic coverage (and they also dry fast). They also mix like real paint and I think it's much easier to get your desired color. Some gels have strange base colors making them hard to get the color you want.

tarabara Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 4:16pm
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Thanks, Jennifer! I'll try it that way next time since I have noticed those problems that you mentioned. (P.S. I love your cakes! Big fan!)

Marianna46 Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 9:53pm
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Thanks, Jennifer! I'll try it that way next time since I have noticed those problems that you mentioned. (P.S. I love your cakes! Big fan!)


Well, now that's a revelation, FromScratchSF! I never even thought of using airbrush colors for this! I can't wait to try it. Thanks VERY much for this tip!

Kyriosity Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 11:50pm
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Thanks, everyone, for the replies! FromScratchSF, can you recommend a source for those paints?

~Valerie

DanaG21 Posted 11 Nov 2011 , 3:49pm
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Sorry for hijacking here but I'm also getting ready to paint for the first time, my fear is that the cake will have cream cheese frosting so refridgeration is required. Is the paint going to sweat and drip? I don't want drippy leopard spots!!!!

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