Tuesday 26th March 2019
Airbrushing is arguably the fastest way to colour, add decoration and depth to your sugarpaste covered cakes. But it’s also a tool and skill that some cake decorators are apprehensive to try.
As with everything, practice makes perfect; so give yourself time to practice on some paper or some of our White Icing pinned out, and soon enough your artistic skills will rival those of Leonardo Di Caprio Da Vinci. Speaking of artists, two of the best in the airbrushing field, Molly Robbins (Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers) and Dawn Butler (Dinkydoodle Designs) have shared some of their best tips for Airbrushing with your Rainbow Dust Liquid Colours.
– You can blend Liquid Colours together to create others, so for example if you have some yellow left over in your airbrush, add a drop of red to create orange, and eventually blend into red.
– By learning about colour theory you can do more with basic colours and make your Liquid Colours go further, instead of cleaning out the pot and adding each colour individually.
(Cakes by Molly Robbins)
– Use a children’s colouring book as practice, this will help you perfect keeping inside the lines and keeping the pages dry (lightly spraying, not over-saturating the page).
– Don’t rub the Liquid Colours off your stencil. Very lightly dab it so your stencil doesn’t bend, if it does bend, place it in the oven on the lowest setting for 5 minutes to soften it.
(Airbrushing by Dawn Butler)
Fancy being taught how to master the art of airbrushing by Dawn Butler herself? The Renshaw Academy will be holding a class in association with Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft Magazine where you will be taught a variety of skills by Elizabeth Harris, Emma Chamberlain and, of course, Dawn Butler. Find out more about the Skills Extravaganza at the Renshaw Academy here.