Before we start, I need to admit something. I may have got the order of these posts a little muddled up. A teeny tiny bit. I don’t know where my brain took a walk, but not to worry. It’s just this one and the last one. Next week we’ll be back to normal!
This is the week where we painted our low relief design. For my project in class, if you remember, I did a Hello Kitty low relief design. That was pretty simple to paint. This caterpillar however, that I’m doing in these blog posts wasn’t as straightforward. It has quite a lot of shading, with light green, dark green and blue. I wanted to get it as ‘real as possible, so it took a while, but I think it came out great if I do say so myself. So, lets get started.
Get your materials ready. You’ll need:
- Food colouring (Gel colours).
- A small cup or bowl with a little water in it.
- Paintbrushes of various different sizes.
- Somewhere to put your food colours. (An artists palette or a side scraper will do).
- The image you will be replicating.
- Your sugar paste low relief design. (I show you how to make that here).
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Prepare some super-white paint by mixing a little super-white powder with water. If you don’t have any, here’s where I get mine.
Paint over the areas where you will be placing colour. For the caterpillars body, I painted the white on the ‘joins’, as black colour will be going there. I didn’t want the green sugar paste to interfere with where I painted with colour. The rest I left, as I would be using green on it anyway. On the red head, I painted with white where the eyes and nose would be.
The only green colour I had on hand was the Wilton Leaf Green, so when I painted it, it was a little too light in colour. I left it to dry for a while so the sugar paste wouldn’t get soggy.
Seeing as the green was too light, I mixed a little black into it. I made sure that I didn’t paint it a solid colour this time, and added a little shading with the black too. I also went in with a little blue and yellow for the eyes and nose (or is it a mouth? I’m not sure).
To add the greeney-blue accents, I mixed up some blue and yellow to make a teal colour, and then added some detail with that.
During this whole process, I made sure that my paintbrush wasn’t too wet. If it is, the sugar paste will just ‘melt’. It is mainly sugar, after all. In hindsight, I should have left the feet brown, but they don’t look too bad. For the antennae, I mixed up a teeny tiny bit of pink sugar paste, cut it out into the right shape, and added a little blue detail to it.
And that is that. The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake is slowly coming to life! If you have any questions or would like me do to a certain tutorial, let me know in the comments!
Also, out of curiosity’s sake, what themed cake would you do? Shopkins? Minions? Game of thrones? Let me know!