How Do I Get The Same Paint Effect On Fondant As I Do On Paper?

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bubs1stbirthday Posted 16 Jan 2015 , 3:34am
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Hi - the picture below has the effect that I wish to achieve on the paper and the effect that I am getting on the fondant. I have tried on both fresh and dried fondant and both just look like a big mess - not at all what I am hoping to achieve.

 

I am using watered down liquid (el cheapo from the supermarket that is normally reserved for play dough :-) ) food colour to paint with.

 

I am wondering if rice paper acts the same way as normal paper and if so if I can find some of that I think I will just colour it and cut it to the shapes that I am after. Please excuse the mess - this is my practice (number 199 lol).

 

Thankyou for taking the time to offer your advice.

 

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-K8memphis Posted 16 Jan 2015 , 1:07pm
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i am not a wafer/rice paper expert -- i've used it here and there a few times -- no it's not like typing paper it can dissolve with too much moisture -- although you can print on wafer paper with a computer printer -- but you need a light touch if you use an edible ink marker because you can mark a hole in it 

 

there are peeps on here who use it often -- i hope one of them chimes in soon for you

costumeczar Posted 16 Jan 2015 , 6:58pm
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Originally Posted by bubs1stbirthday 
 

Hi - the picture below has the effect that I wish to achieve on the paper and the effect that I am getting on the fondant. I have tried on both fresh and dried fondant and both just look like a big mess - not at all what I am hoping to achieve.

 

I am using watered down liquid (el cheapo from the supermarket that is normally reserved for play dough :-) ) food colour to paint with.

 

I am wondering if rice paper acts the same way as normal paper and if so if I can find some of that I think I will just colour it and cut it to the shapes that I am after. Please excuse the mess - this is my practice (number 199 lol).

 

Thankyou for taking the time to offer your advice.

 


For a watercolor effect like that wafer paper is not your friend. If you try to paint it directly on and you have enough liquid to get the transparency it will be too wet and the paper will buckle. If you can scan the image and get someone to print it for you on wafer paper that would work, since the color won't saturate the paper.

 

You should be able to paint it onto the fondant directly using a thicker medium than what you're using. If you thin out some royal icing and put the food color in that it will be better than using straight food color, especially if you're using the cheap supermarket type. If you can get airbrush color that's already formulated to work more like a watercolor paint, so that's a better choice. You could also use a corn syrup that's thinned out with vodka and has the color added to it, but that will have a slightly shiny finish. Or some white airbrush color, which is basically titanium dioxide, with the color in it. That will have more of an acrylic paint finish and it might not be as transparent as you want it to be, though.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 16 Jan 2015 , 10:14pm
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Thankyou 

 

I have never worked with the wafer paper and couldn't find much info on painting it so that information is very helpful.

 

I actually was thinking last night that I should do just what you suggest there and paint the 'design' on a piece of paper and scan it to get my cake shop to print the image for me so that I can just then cut the strips from the paper but know that I personally coloured it.

 

Thanks again.

icingimages Posted 20 Jan 2015 , 4:14am
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You can paint on our Premium icing sheets with no problem.  With wafer, you can use edible markers.  You can print on both types of paper using an edible printer

bubs1stbirthday Posted 20 Jan 2015 , 5:04am
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Originally Posted by icingimages 
 

You can paint on our Premium icing sheets with no problem.  With wafer, you can use edible markers.  You can print on both types of paper using an edible printer


Thankyou. Have you got any advice on how to attach the icing sheets to hard set ganache? I was planning on using what I would normally use to glue fondant (tylose/water mix) should this work?

 

Will icing sheets 'meld' into ganache (not poured ganache) or will the ganache be too firm/dry for this to happen? My original plan was to use fondant so that I could paint the design on but now that I am using the printed sheets I will be applying them directly to ganache so that I don't have to use fondant. Thanks again.

icingimages Posted 20 Jan 2015 , 11:58am
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If it is hard, you will need to add a little water to the ganache before applying the image. If the ganache is still soft or still has moisture then you can just attach the icing sheet.  Icing Sheets need any type of moisture.   It will adhere, and depending on the amount of moisture you use, it will adhere more. It doesn't melt in, it adheres or melds. This is important because the white background is needed in order to show the colors clearly.  Transfer sheets will disappear, but then you wont get the vivid colors you are looking for

bubs1stbirthday Posted 21 Jan 2015 , 12:14am
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Originally Posted by icingimages 
 

If it is hard, you will need to add a little water to the ganache before applying the image. If the ganache is still soft or still has moisture then you can just attach the icing sheet.  Icing Sheets need any type of moisture.   It will adhere, and depending on the amount of moisture you use, it will adhere more. It doesn't melt in, it adheres or melds. This is important because the white background is needed in order to show the colors clearly.  Transfer sheets will disappear, but then you wont get the vivid colors you are looking for


Thankyou very much, I will definitely have a go at getting the image printed on an icing sheet and attaching it to the Ganache. I will be using white chocolate ganache so that should definitely compliment the 'watercolour' painting effect that I have painted on a full A4 sheet. I am very excited now about giving this a go as I am pretty confident that it will give me the beautiful effect that I am after for my Grandma's 90th Birthday cake. It is not for another 4 months but practice makes perfect :-)

 

Thankyou to everyone that has replied, I appreciate it very much!

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