Our contributor, Allison Kelleher of AK Cake Design, is sharing a peek at her creative process as she explores watercolor on cake…
Lately, I’ve been playing around with ‘watercolor’ painting – the traditional technique – very much like you would do on paper – but without paper or water! When I came across this lovely Rex Ray painting, I knew it would be the perfect inspiration. The colors are so fresh and pretty, and they blend together beautifully.
It took a little trial and error to figure out how to create a ‘watercolor painting’ on fondant – in the end, I realized that the key to the process is drying time – and lots of it!
To start off, I rolled out a pretty thin piece of fondant and let it sit out a bit. I mixed petal dust with lemon extract; then I painted. When you use a lot of lemon extract, you get all sorts of interesting shapes and colors. But it can take several hours to dry.
When the fondant is easy enough to handle, cut into shapes and apply to your cake. Design-wise, I used a free-form, organic aesthetic but then contained it within the stripes.
I really enjoyed the process of painting – it was fun (and different) for me – with no rules, no right or wrong way to do it, and no need to be precise!