This week we painted our embossed designs. I’ve never ever painted much at all before, so I did find it a little difficult to get the shading just right, but practice makes you better if not perfect. My sugarpaste was pink, so before painting with colours we mixed some superwhite powder with water to paint the embossed design first. It basically creates a clean white layer to paint on; so the pink colour of the sugarpaste wouldn’t interfere with the food colours.
What I need to work on is blending between light and dark colours. I don’t particularly want stripes of colour when there should be a gradient. So thats my homework for the weekend. I think its just about being more comfortable with the paint brushes and the colours. Seeing as this is the first time I’ve done this, it will of course take me a while.
We also practised making low relief designs. In class, our design was a cupcake. Again, before these classes, I hadn’t even touched sugarpaste so obviously it was the first time for me cutting out shapes from sugarpaste with a template. It was pretty straightforward; it just takes patience and a steady hand. You can’t just drag the knife across and expect it to form its shape. And also, have a sharp knife. A blunt one won’t cut through and will just drag the sugarpaste.
Also, when making your template to make your low relief design, don’t use cardboard to make it stronger. After printing your template out (or after drawing it), stick it onto a thin card then cut it out. I repeat, don’t stick it on cardboard, as the ridges will show in your finished low relief design. If you look carefully in the second picture below, you can see the ridges.
Use a modelling tool to add any detail.
Next week we’re starting our real cakes. Well, our actual projects but on a polystyrene cake, not a true to life cake. I’ll see you then to tell you all about it!