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Hi All,


I'm just wondering I have just purchased an airbrush and am very excited and have been experimenting. The first thing I noticed though is that some of the colours are very strong and so I was wondering if you could mix the colours to get a colour that you wanted - or do you spray one colour over another to get the desired shade? I have a bride that wants a burnt orange colour lace stencil sprayed on an ivory background. I would prefer doing 120 cookies not to have to spray twice with different colours (was thinking orange and brown?). But not sure if you can mix and if so do you do it in the airbrush cup or do you pre mix? Thanks in advance.

Last edited by Julia M. Usher
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Yes, you can easily mix colors. I like to test my color formula on a few trial cookies first; then I will mix up a larger amount of color (by counting drops) into a clear plastic squeeze bottle with dropper top. The dropper top makes for easy dispensing into the airbrush cup. This way, I have a more consistent color from cookie to cookie when doing large runs, and I only have to mix once (versus many times in the tiny airbrush cup).

Thanks Julia, I was thinking the same thing to do a larger batch of colour mix once I had estrablished the colour as I will be working a large number of cookies. Great to know. Do you know if anyone does pastel type airbrush colours?? The Americolor ones I have all seem so strong? Or is the idea that you just mist lighter to get a lighter shade? Although that does really work it seems?

I work with Chefmaster airbrush colors and they are all quite strong out of the bottle too. But I soften them by adding in their white airbrush coloring, or tone them down (mute them) by adding a touch of brown or black. Same basic color mixing principles as with regular coloring or paint for that matter . . .

You can't regulate hue with the airbrush trigger, just the saturation of the color on the cookie - so, yeah, it's tough to mist lighter and expect to get a true pastel color.

I find it difficult to get a light enough spray on cookies using airbrush colors at their full strength so I dilute the colors with vodka to at least a 1:1 ratio. It makes the color sheer enough that I can get the effects I want and also allows me to build color by spraying an area multiple times.


I also mix my colors ahead of time but I  find that layering different colors adds a lot of dimension to a cookie so you might still want to consider that option.

I'm new to the airbrush too.  In my search of articles to read I came upon this one about adding Ivory to mute colors.  Although the colors they are using are 'regular' frosting colors ... I bet you could apply it to 'air brush' colors too.

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