Quick Tip: Adding Color To Colored Gumpaste For Depth

Using colored gumpaste might seem like a fast way to get to the final product without having to dust color onto it.

But solid colored gumpaste can look flat, so dusting it helps to give it some depth.

contrasting petal dust for depth

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Dusting a dry color on gumpaste can bring out the texture and add a depth of color to the item that a solid color won’t have on its own.

It’s a subtle difference, but here are some acorns with some green dusted on the green nut part:

gumpaste acorns

See how the ones on the left look a little more dimensional?

And here are some pumpkins with a little green dusted onto the orange:

gumpaste pumpkins

The green deepens the orange a little without being dramatic. It’s subtle, but it makes a difference.

So try dusting a little even if the object is a color to start. It helps add a little realism to the item.

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How to add tiny bits of color without a paintbrush.

There’s a trick to this but it’s easier than you think.

If you need to apply tiny bits of color to the edges of something, don’t use a brush.

That just ends with speckles of the color going onto other parts of your flower or whatever you’re coloring.

Instead, stick your fingertip into the color, then rub the edge of the flower petal with your finger.

That will let you put a tiny bit of color exactly where you want it to be.

Like this:

gumpaste succulents

I could have used a tiny brush and painted it on, but it’s a heck of a lot faster to just rub it on there.

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