Help Painting On Fondant Without Airbrush!!

Decorating By nikki4255 Updated 4 Mar 2013 , 9:22pm by -K8memphis

nikki4255 Posted 4 Mar 2013 , 7:37pm
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I am making a cake with two fish that look kinda like thispicses_fish_cake.JPGI don't have an airbrush but want a similar effect on the fondant- any ideas?? I was thinking maybe paint on food coloring on the dyed fondant and them wiping it like you would stain wood- do u think it would work or do u have a better idea? I am needing this cake by Thursday!!Help Please!

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disastrophe Posted 4 Mar 2013 , 7:52pm
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I've never tried this myself, but I've heard of others using a "toothbrush painting" method where you dip the toothbrush bristles in your food coloring and scrape the bristles against a metal mesh strainer to get the sprayed look.  Since the base fondant would be colored, you could just do the green and darker blue spots with the toothbrush spray.


Otherwise, you could try using a sponge.

AZCouture Posted 4 Mar 2013 , 7:59pm
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I do a lot of painting and airbrushing and painting *with* airbrush colors (not with the airbrush) and lots of shading with colored food powder. Might be better off dry dusting with food color powder, and going over that with luster dust for the shine. Use a big blush type brush for the luster, and use smaller soft rounded ones to blend your colors. You can find dry food color powder lots of places on the web.

AZCouture Posted 4 Mar 2013 , 8:01pm
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And get an airbrush for next time.

-K8memphis Posted 4 Mar 2013 , 8:51pm
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you can get there with the powders as has been mentioned--


i would start with blue fondant too.

-K8memphis Posted 4 Mar 2013 , 9:22pm
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if you want a really bright sheen on the fish scales--you can get edible glitter--the really light weight light as a feather stuff--dissolve some in water and paint it on--test it on something first to make sure it doesn't interfere with your coloration


in the states--you can get this at any michael's or hobby lobby type store--of course at cake deco stores


also known as gum arabic


the powdered gum arabic works the same way


this might make it a bit more shiny than it already is (but fish are pretty shiny i guess)


just a thought

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