Everything was made from fondant, I either sculpted, shaped, painted each creature. I did use a shell candy mold to make the shells, I used a texture mat to make the flowing leafy looking coral with gumpaste and cut and shapped the best i could. I kept it preschool looking as much as I could because the little girl was only turning 4. I used the wiltons spray on color for the back ground of blue and green. ( I regret now that I did not add a little splash of pink here and there.) But I live and learning this as I go. For the stick coral I used the wiltons fondant mat that are coming out now. they where suppose to be tree limbs. Uh make them marbled red and yellow, some green and blue, a little shapping and ta da.. stick coral. Enjoyed making this one!