How Do You Paint On Fondant?

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msc2006 Posted 17 May 2009 , 2:47pm
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Have you ever seen those cake shows where they are painting details onto the fondant decorations? What is it that they are using for the "paint"? Does anybody know what I mean?


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michellesArt Posted 17 May 2009 , 2:57pm
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sure i've done it tons of times. i use the colour paste and small paint palet/plate would work too, add a small drop of almond extract, clear vanilla or vodka and add a small dab of the colour to make an ink. i then use paintbrushes (new-only used for this) and paint directly on to fondant or dried royal icing-i especially love it for making zebra stripes (see my shoe cookies) the thinner the brush the more detailed i can get (i've done script on small cookies-see gallery) hope that helps icon_smile.gif

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CristinaB Posted 17 May 2009 , 2:59pm
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You can paint on fondant using powder or gel food coloring mixed with clear vanilla extract or vodka. The alcohol aids in the drying process and thins the food color so it's easy to paint with. I recently bought some gold and silver ready to paint colors that worked wonderfully. It was easier to use it straight from the bottle, but mixing your own is no big deal. Make sure you use high quality brushes too. The cheap ones can shed bristles and you don't want that! Give the fondant a few hours to "dry" a bit before painting. Good luck!

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catcreations Posted 17 May 2009 , 3:00pm
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I use the color paste and vodka with good brushes!!

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laneysmom Posted 17 May 2009 , 3:01pm
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I do it alot--it's really fun to do, but I would advise getting some really good brushes and don't use them for anything else. in addition to color pastes, you can add luster dusts to your clear alcohol to give sparkly details.

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Donnagardner Posted 17 May 2009 , 3:04pm
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A pastry chef just told me sister yesterday to use water, gel color, and powder sugar and it will dry pretty quick. She used color and vodka and it took forever to dry.

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yamber82 Posted 17 May 2009 , 3:14pm
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i have tried sooo many times to get the silver and gold to paint on. i mixed it with lemon juice but it was either too thick to paint on or if i made it thinner it didn't look like anything but wet icon_sad.gif

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Katiekatiekatie Posted 17 May 2009 , 3:54pm
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There is a thread about painting in silver....

And check out the youtube video there about the different dusts that can be used to paint.

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chassidyg Posted 18 May 2009 , 12:27am
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How do you do luster dust with vodka? I have some silver luster dust & just bought a bottle of vodka, but now I'm stuck! Do I dip it in the vodka first then dip in luster and then paint?

Sorry to hijack the thread!

Thanks everyone!

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bubblywhitewine Posted 18 May 2009 , 2:35pm
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What does everyone mean by "really good brushes?" There are so many diffrent types: nylon, camel. What are the "really good" ones made from???

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Toptier Posted 18 May 2009 , 3:10pm
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Chassidyd - I put some luster dust in the cap and add a few drops of vodka, paint from that. When you're done just let it dry and put the cap back on the container, use it again next time.

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chassidyg Posted 18 May 2009 , 3:23pm
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Thanks Toptier!

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sadsmile Posted 18 May 2009 , 4:26pm
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I have better luck getting a crome look by putting a light coat of vodka and letting it almost dry and then brushing on the highlighter and it makes it more crome like.

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