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How Do I Color...

OK ya'll, here's a quick and dirty tutorial on coloring and painting sugar-based mediums - buttercream, royal icing, ganache, chocolate, candy melts, almond bark, isomalt, fondant, macaron batter, cookie & cake batter, meringue, wafer paper, and gumpaste.  

FOR MIX-IN COLORING USE

  • Elite™ Dust all colors: buttercream, royal icing, candy melts/bark/chocolate, isomalt & glazes, meringue, macaron batter, fondant, gumpaste
  • Artisan Accents Gel Color: buttercream, royal icing, cookie & cake batters, meringue, fondant
  • Chocolate Chameleon Candy Color: buttercream, candy melts/bark/chocolate
  • Master Elite™ Dust all colors+Black & White: buttercream, royal icing, macaron batter, meringue, isomalt & glazes, fondant
  • Master Elite™ Dust Black & White only: candy melts/bark/chocolate
  • Sterling Pearl™ Luster Dust & Diamondust™ Edible Glitter: isomalt & glazes

FOR PAINTING ON: set flooded royal icing, crusted buttercream, dry chocolate/candy melt/bark, set isomalt & glazes, baked macarons & cookies, fondant, gumpaste & wafer paper, use

HAND PAINTING

  • Poppy Paint colors and metallics/pearlescents
  • Elite Color™ Dust + food grade alcohol or Dilution Solution*
  • Sterling Pearl™ Luster Dust + food grade alcohol or Dilution Solution*

AIRBRUSH PAINTING

  • Artisan Accents Gel Color + Dilution Solution
  • Elite Color™ Dust + food-grade alcohol or Dilution Solution*
  • Sterling Pearl™ Luster Dust + food-grade alcohol or Dilution Solution*

FOR SURFACE APPLICATION ON ALL MEDIUMS:

  • Elite Color™ Dust - dry dust with dry paint brush
  • Sterling Pearl™ Luster Dust - use dry paint brush or pump brush**
  • Diamondust™ Edible Glitter - use dry paint brush or pump brush, sprinkle on, or use pump bottle**

*on chocolate/candy melts/bark, using alcohol provides best results   **apply while surface is still slightly damp

 MIX-IN COLORING RULES:

The first rule of Coloring Club: For mix-in coloring of high fat mediums (chocolate, candy melts, and almond bark for cake pops, ganache, strawberry dip, drips, cakesicles, drizzling, etc.) you must use either an edible oil-based liquid color or a fat-soluble powder (dust) coloring agent. Anything that is water-based (all gel and paste colors) will seize up your medium and make it worthless to use! USE: Chocolate Chameleon Candy Color, all Elite Color™ dust colors, and Master Elite Color™  in Black and White only. PROTIP: Use the darker, deeper and brighter shades of Elite Color™ dusts as these will produce pastel to medium colors the best.

The second rule of Coloring Club: For medium fat, water-containing mediums (buttercreams - there's water in butter, shortening, milk, egg whites! - fondants, and gumpastes), mix in colors can be edible water/propylene glycol based, oil-based, or fat OR water soluble powder (dust) coloring agents (so pretty much all coloring agents out there). USE: Artisan Accents Gel Color, Chocolate Chameleon Candy Color, all Elite Color™ dust colors, and all Master Elite Color™ colorsPROTIP: add a drop of water to powder colors before mixing into buttercreams!

The third Rule of Coloring Club: To color anything that has ZERO fat (royal icing for piping or flooding, sugar glazes, isomalt, or boiled sugar), you must use edible water/propylene glycol based OR water soluble powder (dust) coloring agents. If you mix in anything containing oil, it will ruin your medium! USE: Artisan Accents Gel Color, all Elite™ dust colors, and all Master Elite™ dust colors. PROTIP: add a drop of water to powder colors before mixing in!

PAINTING

Hand Painting Colors: Water soluble powder colors mixed with tasteless high-proof food-grade alcohol (like Everclear, Gem Clear, or vodka) make great paints, from solid bolds to watercolor effects. For metallic, gold leaf, silver leaf, and shimmer effects, mix luster dust with tasteless high-proof food-grade alcohol (like Everclear, Gem Clear, or vodka). You can also dry dust with both powder colors and luster dusts. These techniques work on all mediums. Fat soluble powder colors can be mixed with uncolored edible cocoa butter for hand painting on chocolate and fondant. You can also use pre-mixed, ready-to-go paints such as Poppy Paint products on all mediums.

Airbrushing Colors: There are brands of edible colors made explicitly for airbrushing but water-soluble powder (dust) colors as well as luster dusts are awesome for airbrushing. These work the best when mixed with tasteless high-proof food-grade alcohol (like Everclear, Gem Clear, or vodka) and a tiny bit of water. Concentrated water or propylene glycol based gels also work great with the addition of an approved edible diluting solution. These will work on all mediums although with chocolates, candy melts, barks, and ganaches, an alcohol-based color mix works the best. NEVER EVER: put oil-based color, paints containing confectioner's glaze (like Poppy Paint), or plain confectioners glaze in an airbrush as this will clog and/or ruin your airbrush. If you need a spray-on clear glaze coat for large areas, use the PME Clear Spray Glaze!

 

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