Cocoa Painting...a Work In Progress

Decorating By ThePastryDiva Updated 1 Apr 2007 , 7:07am by Momkiksbutt

ThePastryDiva Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 7:44pm
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When it's all done I will post it in the gallery...but just thought you guys would like to see my cocoa painting project.

The Chef Instructor dissolves the cocoa powder in alcohol, which gave me a lot of texture which was great for the hair.

I would've liked to have used the cocoa butter for the face to get a nice creamy

I have the frame attached and the stand, I'm just waiting for it to dry securely to be able to display it.

Oh, It was too big to insert here, I've put it in the gallery. Thanks!

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thecakemaker Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 7:50pm
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Amazing! You are a great artist!


ThePastryDiva Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:00pm
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I posted the picture in the gallery. I tried to upload it 2 times..but not working!

MainCake Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:00pm
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Wow! I'm at a loss for words! You are just amazing (found some).

thecakemaker, click on the 'photos' button at the bottom of Pastry Diva's post and it will take you to all the pictures she's uploaded. It's the first one on there (i'm guessing anyway...).

Fishercakes Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:01pm
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That is awesome!!!


MrsMissey Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:11pm
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That is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! Fantastic work!

BTW..I uploaded your pic for you!!

ThePastryDiva Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:16pm
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Aww...Thank you for that Mrs. Missy and for the kind words too!

* Diva blushing!

peacockplace Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:18pm
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That's so cool! Just wondering if that is free hand or if you had a pattern?

blueskies Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:22pm
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That is incredible!!

ThePastryDiva Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:29pm
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To put you out of doubt, no I'm NOT THAT

here are some steps.

1. make your pastilage plaque and may need some legs if you're going to display it.

2. Dry real good, several days if possible.

3. take a sheet of carbon paper, the kind for typing and place UNDER your picture. Tape everything down securely but with very little tape.

4. with a sharp pencil you trace your most important lines, these are your guidelines. This is one of the hardest things to judge because you really don' t need every single little line. Remove the picture and the carbon paper carefuly, carbon smudges very easily.

5. you mix different amounts of cocoa powder in your favorite medium. Be it cocoa butter or alcohol. I use the smallest measuring spoon in my kit. each cup has one more spoonful than the last.

6. with a 10 zero brush you make your lines and with a ZERO brush you paint.

I hope this answers any questions.. If you need me to finesse some of the detail email me.


MrsMissey Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 8:49pm
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..I am so totally impressed with this! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!

ThePastryDiva Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 9:03pm
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No problem..

that's why we are here, to share.

I believe that SUGAR is a living art as long as we keep on sharing and developing our techniques. I do have step by step pictures, but they probably would take too much room..but if anyone cares to email me I can imbed them into an email, resize the pics and send.

Or I can try to put everything on a word document and send it as an attachment.

Will work on that option this week.

Have too many school projects and 2 midterms due this monday!

I am also going to challenge myself to making a chocolate showpiece. According to chef it should take one person 13 hours to make the one we made in school. ( and he promptly broke!) grrrr. but we had finished it and moved it. I also have pics of

NO not the chocolate

NEWTODECORATING Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 9:11pm
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That's Amazing! And you are so kind to share the information! Thanks!

BritBB Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 9:35pm
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Holy Moly! Awesome!

Daniela Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 9:50pm
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WOW!!!!! It looks beautiful!!!!!!!!! Great job!! You deserve a pat on the back icon_biggrin.gif

peacockplace Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 10:15pm
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Thanks for sharing.... you did a wonderful job! That was blowing my mind thinking you free hand painted that! I'll have to give that a try... hopefully mine will come out half as good as yours.

gdixoncakes Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 11:13pm
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I tried this on buttercream with cocoa butter and it didn't work very well. Any suggestions?

ThePastryDiva Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 11:16pm
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you need a hard "canvas" butter cream is not hard enough..

Sorry it didn't work out for you, maybe try some fondand or gumpaste plaques if you can't make pastillage

lastingmoments Posted 30 Sep 2005 , 2:52am
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looks great .....cant wait to see more of your work

SquirrellyCakes Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 3:18am
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Just saw this and you did an amazing job, really perfect kiddo!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes

ellepal Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 3:45am
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wow....I love it!! Classic art on a cake!! You are phenomenal!!

IHATEFONDANT Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 10:51am
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Diva that is just magic!!!.....does the use of the carbon paper, to transfer the design, then make the piece inedible??

ThePastryDiva Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 12:04pm
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I wouldn't think so, because you are not going to transfer ALL the lines...just enough to "guide" you. buuuuut....would you EAT pastillage?

Something like this is more for show and keepsake.

I wish that I would've taken a picture of the lines after I did the was mostly the eyes, lips nose and curve of the face. A couple of the curls to guide me with the rest and that was all...the rest is my trying to follow the shading of the original picture.

This is the way Sugar artists used to do portraits on cakes waaaaaaaaaaaaay before they came out with the airbrushing

So, even though it's pretty cool...I'm sorry to say that there really is no magic....I'm still just a humble tracer...without artistic talents....just a whole bunch of "tricks"...

* Diva will do tricks for

littlebubbieschocolates Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 1:39pm
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that is really cool. i think when things calm down here ill try and make it

IHATEFONDANT Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 3:45pm
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Diva..take some did a fine job of it!!

It looks wonderful...I have eaten pastillage...before I knew what the heck it was...*L*

candyladyhelen Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 6:23pm
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All I can say!

adven68 Posted 1 Oct 2005 , 10:20pm
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Diva....I just want you to know that I aspire to do work like you....First of all...Michelangelo is my very favorite (his work brings me to tears)...and I have studied art for many years so I know my stuff!!!! I would have never commented if I didn't think this was absolutely beautiful! (I live by the saying...If you don't have something nice to say...etc....). that the kiddies are both in school...I am perecting my skills with the fondant and next task will be sugar. Your sugar rose is so exquisite. I there a prettier medium to work with? No way! Keep it up and keep showing us your work....

Cady Posted 2 Oct 2005 , 12:28am
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WOW! Totally Amazing!!!!! thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

ShyannAutumn Posted 14 Mar 2007 , 5:24am
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Goofed, just seen the date. sorry

ShirleyW Posted 14 Mar 2007 , 5:36am
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That is sheer artistry and talent. Just wonderful work, thank you for sharing.

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