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Painting on Icing, Using a Stencil

Presented by Joy Eagles, Cake Decorators’ Guild of NSW Inc.

I make my own stencils, but there are a lot out there to choose from. 

In stencils, look for the outline to be crisp and

clear as it makes painting easier if the definition is already there. As you become more experienced you

will want to use colour and tone to separate the things that you are painting but most of cake decorating work benefits from having that outline.

For Colours,  use Sugarflair concentrated colours because they have a high density as well being completely colour fast – when I paint purple I do not want it to be pink the next day. I create my own tones of any one colour by adding Wilton white to lighten or another colour to darken.

A good rule of thumb to make something stand out is to place the darkest dark up against the lightest light.

Oil and water do not mix, so when I want to change colour I also change medium from water based to oil based and then the colours will not mix.

I use a dinner plate as my palette and put out very small amounts of my chosen colours. I use basic flat brushes but always keep on hand several small, round brushes for dots or lines.

Painting with purple is about as complex as you can get. It is far easier to paint with reds and pinks  because of all the different tones that you can make so I suggest if this is the first time you paint then choose a subject in these colours.

Keep a coloured picture handy as a reference.

Tools Needed:

Let’s get started!

Place onto your pallet very small amounts of Sugarflair Deep Purple, Burgundy, Yellow, Gooseberry Green and Wilton White. Mix the following colours:

ƒ. I have used Sugarflair Deep Purple as the dark base tone.

ƒ. Add Wilton white and it will go blue/purple

ƒ. Add Burgundy and it will go to a light pink/purple

ƒ. Add more Wilton white and it will be mauve.

ƒ. These are the colours for my flower.

The colouring method is known as a ‘flat brush’.

1 Dip the brush into the water. Wipe it off until it is just moist. Dip into the colour careful not to get too much colour.

2 Lay the brush flat against your work and then brush lightly from side to side or ‘shuckle’ (shake) the brush across the surface smoothly. Too much paint or too moist a brush will create a wet, blob of colour. You are trying to lightly colour the surface and do not want to break through that surface. Use the tone of your colour to achieve dark colours not a lot (large amount) of colour trying to get a dark colour.

3 Place the darkest colours first into the places where the petals come from under the flower. Do not wait for one colour to dry before adding the next as this aids the blending process.

4 Always brush from the inside out but highlight from the outside in.

5 When you get really good you can load the brush with one colour, dip the tip into the next colour then blend them both together in one stroke.

I start with my Purple. (As you will see I have used my pink purple as a colour change.) Then lay down the lighter mauve and move through to the lighter colours and finish off with white on its own.

Every time you paint, each flower will be different. Each one is unique. If you have a centre to the flower that you wish to be in yellow do not paint right down into the centre so that it will not be a muddy colour.

When painting leaves, mix up the colours. If a leaf has a turn back area then dark green must be placed under the curl to accent this.

Continue to adjust your colour using lighter tones to blend all colours together.

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