How Do I Paint Fondant Without Brush Strokes?

Decorating By Mae_mom Updated 7 Aug 2010 , 6:25am by strathmore

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Mae_mom Posted 5 Aug 2010 , 8:35pm
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I am by no means actually GOOD at making these cakes, but it's still very fun for me! icon_smile.gif I would love to practice more and as I'm really trying to work on my diet, I'll probably do that by making them and giving them to others! icon_smile.gif I certainly wouldn't be restrained enough to have cake in the house all the time! icon_smile.gif

Anyway, I just read today that you can paint food coloring onto fondant!!! I'm ecstatic to try this!!! So, I attempted to do so on some scrap MMF that I have here and just have one do I do it so that there aren't brush strokes? I would like to create a cake with large solid colored areas and would really like for there to not be brush strokes. Any ideas? Thanks much!!

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erichazann Posted 5 Aug 2010 , 8:37pm
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Use better quality brushes. What type are you using?

Your bristles might be too stiff.

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Crabbabs Posted 5 Aug 2010 , 8:56pm
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erichazann has a good point about the brushes. The softer, the better.

I add white food coloring to every color because it makes them opaque. It helps a bit with the brush strokes and the food color behaves more like regular paint.

However, I find it nearly impossible to completely get rid of all brush strokes. If you are going for that look, it would be better to airbrush or color the fondant.

Personally, I think it adds a bit more "authenticity" if you can see a hit of brush strokes.

Have fun experimenting.

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Mae_mom Posted 6 Aug 2010 , 2:38pm
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Thank you for your suggestions!! I was just using a little cheapo detail brush I had here at home... is there a particular kind and/or brand that works best?

Also, where might one find these airbrush colors?

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strathmore Posted 7 Aug 2010 , 6:25am
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I have also found that if you paint on very fresh fondant its streaks - sort of melts the surface and then its too sticky to brush so wait till your fondant has set a little. Also I agree with the brushes - natural fine brushes work better than the coarser synthetic or natural ones. Last tip then I am done is not to have the brush too wet - this causes too much pooling and streaking.

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