Coloring Flowers

Decorating By leighandre Updated 2 Oct 2013 , 1:57pm by JWinslow

leighandre Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 5:05am
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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?

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Smckinney07 Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 6:32am
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AI would use an airbrush if you have one.

leighandre Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 7:30am
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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.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 7:52am
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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.

leighandre Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 8:45am
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AYes I have tried that and it is streaky, thanks for the advice though

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 8:56am
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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.

cazza1 Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 9:13am
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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.

Lynne3 Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 12:05pm
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I use an airbrush.  The quality of the coverage is first rate.  Painting and dipping doesn't come close.

JWinslow Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 1:57pm
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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 :)

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