& get 200 points!
& get 200 points!
Airbrushing can be a funny thing. A technique that seems to work really well for one of your colors may not work as well with another. This can be due to the composition of the liquid, what the intended result color is meant to be, and the nature of the human eye. Let’s break it down.
Airbrush colors tend to be thin and watery in general, and those that are intended to produce a very light result (without adding white or anything else to change the color itself) can be more finicky to work with than darker colors, for a couple of reasons.
Achieving the right result from these colors is very dependent on using a light trigger finger, and many airbrushers have the tendency to open up their triggers full blast, resulting in too much color hitting the cookie at one time. This can result in dark pools of color sitting on top of the icing.
Oftentimes, the actual airbrush liquid in the bottles is very dark, even though it is intended to result in beautiful light colors, so if you spray these colors full-blast onto your cookie, the dark color in the bottle is what is going to land and show up on the cookie, instead of the lighter shade.
The key to achieving light colors is using very light trigger pressure to start the flow of color—even if you can’t see it flowing at first! With red or black (or any other dark color, for example), when you pull the trigger lightly, you immediately see color flowing, and you can adjust accordingly.
With lighter colors, your eye doesn’t necessarily see that color landing on the cookie, even though it is, so the tendency is to overcompensate and add more color flow immediately.
Your best results will come from holding your gun vertically about 6-8” above the cookie, pulling the trigger very lightly, and moving your gun slowly and steadily back and forth across the cookie; allow that first layer to dry for a moment, then add another layer.
Building light layers will result in the lovely light and airy airbrush shades you just can’t get by dumping too much color on the cookie too quickly.
If you get in the habit of using this technique with all colors, even the darker ones, you will be more likely to see better airbrushing results across the board, no matter the color.
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