Airbrush

Airbrush cake decoration

Whether you just want to color a cake quickly or want to add realistic and artistic effects to your cookies, an airbrush gun is the perfect tool for you. We'll explain the basics of how to use it in this article.

What is an airbrush?

An airbrush is a tool you can use to spray paint, it is mainly used for cake decorating or craft projects. Be careful, however, not to use the same airbrush for craft paint and edible food coloring to avoid contamination. Airbrushes are ideal for coloring sugar paste or your buttercream type icings.

An airbrush usually consists of an airbrush gun, a compressor, a hose to connect the gun to the compressor, and a power cord to connect it to electricity.

The airbrush gun is the part you hold to spray the paint. It has a needle on the front with a protective cap (that's where the paint comes out), a reservoir to add the paint, a trigger that you pull to release the paint, and a hose connection.

How to use an airbrush?

Always make sure to use edible food coloring that is suitable for airbrushing. Shake the bottle really well before using to avoid sediment blocking the airbrush.

Do not dilute airbrush dyes.

Put a few drops of airbrush food coloring in the reservoir attached to the gun. Test the color on a sheet of white paper before you begin painting your creations.

Cover your work area to protect it from excess color from the airbrush.

Start spraying by pulling the trigger.

Some tips for optimal results:

The closer you hold the gun to the object being painted, the smaller the spray area, which is ideal for more defined lines. The further away you hold it, the wider the spray area, which is ideal for creating softer lines and coloring entire cakes. Be careful not to hold it too close, as the air pressure could damage your cake, or too far away, as the paint will spread everywhere. The ideal distance is about 6 to 8 inches from your cake or cookies.


Spraying with the nozzle at a 45-degree angle is ideal for creating wider lines and softer colors, while holding the nozzle at a 90-degree angle is ideal for sharper lines.


Spray intensity: The further you pull the trigger, the more intense the spray. We recommend pulling the trigger 50-60% to get a steady spray.
There's nothing like practice to get the hang of the airbrush. Feel free to practice on paper before painting your edible creations. Try different angles and intensities and see how the color comes out, it's the best way to learn and become familiar with your airbrush.

At the end of its use, clean your airbrush thoroughly so that you don't end up with excess dry paint clogging the airbrush gun. A simple cleaning method is to empty the excess paint from the cup, clean it thoroughly using a little airbrush cleaner on a cotton ball, then fill the cup with a little warm water and spray it down. Repeat until the liquid that comes out is clear.

What food coloring should I use?

There are dyes specially formulated for use with the airbrush. These dyes are liquid and composed of very fine micro particles to allow you to achieve a homogeneous result. So before you start decorating cakes with an airbrush, be sure to get the right dyes.

Cake stencils and airbrush decoration

A decorating accessory that combines well with the airbrush is the cake stencil

Place the stencil on top of your cake or cookie and spray the paint inside the shape, always using circular motions to build up the color slowly and allowing the paint to dry between coats. If you point the airbrush gun at the same spot for too long, the color will eventually overflow and take too long to dry.

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