AHi there, I have a question… Is there a way to color flowers after they are dry and wired? I have premade white flowers and sometimes I need them to be a very deep saturated red or blue etc. petal dust just does not do the job:) what do you suggest?
AI would use an airbrush if you have one.
AI don't have an airbrush. i may have to invest in one. I don't really want that soft look, more like a really deep saturated color. I thought I once saw on a cake decorating show someone dip them in a concentrated dye bath of food coloring but thought that may make them soggy. Guess I should just experiment.
Thanks for the advice.
I either use dry dust or airbrush, but you can make a paint out of petal dust and clear alcohol.
I don't have the greatest luck with getting the consistency right, and it's usually a bit too thin so it's a tad streaky, but you can do two layers.
AYes I have tried that and it is streaky, thanks for the advice though
You can buy cans of spray colour as well, americolor makes good ones.
To make a dye bath, you just use dye and a clear alcohol. They take several days to completely dry in my experience though.
I've used everclear and airbrush dyes, but it gives a shiny finish, which I hate.
I think scrumdiddly's dye bath is what I call dipping. You mix some color with alcohol, to speed up the drying, in a jar so that it is deeper than you flower then quickly dip your flower in. Give it a good twirl above the dye, but still in the jar to get rid of excess color and then dry.
I use an airbrush. The quality of the coverage is first rate. Painting and dipping doesn't come close.
You can achieve a deep tones with dry dusting after flowers are dry. It's a little more difficult but can be done. The flowers in my avatar (red) were white when I started and dry. I used 3 different colors of red.
Instead of a brushing motion, I used a circular motion to apply - almost like rubbing the dust into the paste. You just have to take care not to snap your petals.
I think an airbrush would be much easier and faster. I've never had much success painting petals with color/vodka but that's just me :)