Airbrush Cake Decorating – Lesson 2

(Continued from part 1)
It’s always nice to tie in a couple of different colors too – you don’t have to use the same colors for all your borders. A color that looks nice with purple is pink. So, I’ll use pink – and I can do a number of things – I can do another line so I have a border that has 2 lines. You can spray it two-tone so you see the pink and lavender together – if you hold the gun back far enough you can’t see where one color ends and the other begins. That’s just a way of tinting two colors together. You have to be careful which colors you use together .. some colors don’t blend, such as green and pink, orange and blue, because they are on opposite sides of the color wheel. It’s always good to refer to a color wheel if you’re not sure what colors can be used together.

Now I’m going to try a different border on another edge of this board. I’ll do an orange scallop border. I’m starting out with a fine line like that. Always run water through to make sure you get the old color out if you are going to another color that isn’t going to blend very well. In this case I’ll add pink. Okay, now I’ll try something with dots on this border. I’ll use blue because it’ll show up well next to the orange. I’m not going to overlap the orange and the blue intentionally. You’ll see how the orange and the blue don’t go together – they look muddy. However, next to each other the colors compliment each other quite well. I’m using the dot technique that I showed you earlier and it gives you a nice even dot pattern. Almost starting to look like an easter egg.

Okay, we’ll do a little something different on this edge. Oops – always make sure your color caps are tight! Otherwise that’ll happen, and you don’t want that happening on a cake. I’m going to spray a fine line of one shade of green then we’ll use a different shade of green. This one will be forest green. Again, I’m going from a dark color to a lighter color. I definitely need to clean the airbrush out now because that forest green will be the dominating color in there, and if I don’t get that out of there we’re going to have a color that’s not complimentary. Okay, I’m going to use a little yellow and I’m going to spray the background real light. I’ll do it holding the airbrush back at a distance. Next, I’m going to pink, and this’ll be the edge of the cake, you’ll see where the pink and the yellow blend together – but again, you can’t see where the pink ends and the yellow begins. By holding the airbrush back far enough the colors just blend together – versus using the 2 shades of green, by keeping them close, the colors stayed separate.

I’ll try one last thing on this side of the board. Because I have black and I want to make it a very bold distinct color I’m going over it again. And what I’m going to do with that is just make a bright festive polka dot border on the inside of the black. There are no rules here – I’m just going to pick whatever colors I feel like going with. Of course, if you are doing a cake, you may be trying to apply whatever colors the customer has requested. I’m going to keep the airbrush back further, versus keeping it close as I did on here. No need to count the dots, just do it with enough different colors until the space is filled up .. or as filled in as you wish it to be – after all, you’re the artist. I think there’s room for one last color and I’ll make it purple.

So this gives us some different ideas, some different techniques and methods that can be used in a nice variety of borders. These skills also apply to airbrushing in general even when you are doing a stencil or freehand – all of these skills end up being utilized in just about anything you do in airbrushing.

Next, I’m going to take a new board and we are going to do a stencil – and a whole border to go with the stencil – something that’ll match the whole cake design.

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