Baking Tools – Airbrush Gun

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 in Airbrush, Baking Tools, Blog, Cookies | 17 comments

Baking Tools – Airbrush Gun

An airbrush gun can be a great tool in the baker’s arsenal.  As a baker many times I wonder, “Is that tool worth it?” When I first started baking I was buying things left and right, only to come home, use them, and find myself disappointed. I began to read blogs and review pages before jumping in and buying the next tool.  For over a year, I have wondered should I buy an airbrush gun? Is it worth it? A couple of weeks ago after reading a blog post by one of my favorite baking bloggers, Lisa, at The Bearfoot Baker, I took the plunge with a coupon offer from Karen’s Cookies.  After reading her blog posts about her airbrush gun, I reached out and asked her a few questions. Lisa, was so helpful and I was so glad that I did. {Thanks Lisa}

Well needless to say, my airbrush gun has arrived and I think I just may be a little out of control.  I started covering everything in sight with pearl sheen. Everything looks better with pearl sheen, right? Just like Lisa said in her blog post, the laundry can wait, dishes will get done but by goodness things in my house are in desperate need of pearl sheen.

I was in the middle of decorating cookies the other day for none other than, Samantha at Flour-De-Lis, when I thought, forget the royal icing, {gasp} I am going to try airbrushing the stencil.

Airbrush Stencil

 Airbrush Gun & Stencil

Many times decorators can become frustrated getting royal icing the right consistency for stenciling. You can spend quite a good amount of time trying to figure out if it is thick enough. Many times it will bleed, run or will not hold its shape even though you thought it was stiff.  The airbrush gun does not have that problem. In the cookie above I simply sprayed and removed the stencil. No bleeding.

  • Place stencil on cookie
  • around the edges of the stencil place parchment or paper to keep the color from other parts of the cookie
  • Pick desired airbrush color and fill chamber
  • Airbrush color on the cookie
  • Remove Stencil
  • Any areas where there is over spray you can clean up with vodka and paint brush

At some point I will do a more detailed tutorial but this post is more about if  it is worth it to buy one or add it to the list. There are so many applications that you can use an airbrush gun as well. Here are some:

  • Airbrush Stencil
  • Airbrush Sheen on Cookies and Cakes
  • Airbrush gems or molds {I used to paint luster dust on them, time consuming}
  • Airbrush borders
  • Airbrush cakes a certain color instead of kneading in color to fondant 

    Airbrush Gems

    White Chocolate Gems Airbrushed with Gold

 The gems in the picture above were made using a silicon mold filled with white chocolate. Then I sprayed gold sheen with the airbrush gun. I used to paint the gems by hand. This is time consuming and handling chocolate can get melty if you know what I mean.  The airbrush gun covers them easily and quickly.

Airbrush Stencil

PInk & Gold Airbrush

      

Airbrush Stenciling

Pink & Gold Stencil Airbrush

 As I was practicing using my new and fabulous airbrush gun,  my son walked in and said, “You get to spray paint stuff!!!” Well, yes, I guess I do. He excitedly told me that he wanted to try it. So, whether you are 40 or 14 apparently an airbrush gun is a lot of  fun. I prefer to call it “practical, efficient and a better use of my time” when explaining to the business accountant {my husband} why another new tool has arrived.

Airbrush Gun

Using the Airbrush Gun

 Happy Baking. If you have an airbrush or want to get one, what would you do with it?

17 Comments

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  1. erinnie

    Hi there,
    Really love your work. I was wondering if you could use food coloring (the colors used for coloring icing and so on) with the airbrush. I live in Greece and it’s not easy trying to buy airbrush food color. Having it shipped either from the US or UK is quite expensive.
    Thank you.

  2. Misty

    I thought about buying my mom one of these for Christmas. She loves doing cakes and I think she would enjoy this. But I need to know if you can use a airbrush on regular icing like “icing from Walmart” I’ve heard that you have to have a certain kind of icing for the airbrush to work on. I really just need some help. I don’t wanna get my mom something she won’t be able to use. Thank you

    • Melissa Barakoff

      Misty-yes you can use it on cakes with american buttercream. I dont think it would work with swiss meringue buttercream. If you go the my party cakes gallery there is a surfer cake. That was buttercream that was airbrushed. Google airbrushed cakes and you can see what can be done with an airbrush on cakes. Sounds like a great gift for mom!

  3. Paula

    I am attempting the airbrush to make a zebra print but no matter how I hold the template I have overspray once I remove. I read above about vodka and water to remove overspray. Is it an equal mix? Suggestions? Help!! :)

    • melissa

      I use straight vodka when I am trying to remove. But with black that can be super tricky. Good luck. I would try airbrushing the patter on a piece of paper first and different strengths with the airbrush. When you find the combination that best works then put it on the cookie. Hopefully that helps for next time.

  4. Dianne Allen

    I just got an airbrush. I want to try it on my cookies. Your work is beautiful. It is so true about the royal icing, getting it the right consistency to stencil.

  5. Debbi Hook

    Nothing like commenting a year later :-) I do have a question if you can answer… I have read so many who talk about the overspray and getting food coloring on everything. I bought the Duff airbrush and it is still in the box. I decorate my cookies at my dining room table. I by cheap plastic cloths to protect the area when I feel the need – and I use a box to spray using the can pearl sray (after having a permanent spot of overspray on my wooden table – that sheen will never go away!). To make matters worse, I have beige carpet under my dining table (we live on the second floor of a condo and tile is really noisy for the neighbors and makes horrible accoustics for my hearing impaired son – so, I made that decision on purpose). What’s your take on overspray? I’m just a hobby decorator and I’m verging on the edge of over-collecting cookier equipment! I am so ready to break out the airbrush…but I hesitate!

    • melissa

      Debbi! It’s all good. That is what is great about a blog is the posts never go away. For overspray I bought a cheap project board from Walmart. You know the project boards kids use for the science fair. Then I put one of the white boards underneath. I will email you a picture. Shouldn’t cost more than $5 total. You will have less overspray with the airbrush than the sprays. I find the sprays more difficult.

      • Debbi Hook

        Thanks so much Melissa! I got the email with the photo – seems like the perfect solution…I have a varioius assortment of those “project boards” on hand leftover from those days I had a kid say “Mom, my science project is due tomorrow – do we have one of those 3-part boards???”. Who knew they would, again, come in handy! Thanks for the reply!

  6. Lizy B

    so…..can we just add this to teh list of a thousand things I’d love for you to teach me how to do?!

  7. Suzanne

    Now I want one!! If only I sold more cookies, I’d feel justified! Do you think I could start with those overly priced individual spray cans to see if I like the look?

    I am not a fan of food dyes, and when the entire layer of royal icing is dyed a dark color it is a lot lot lot of dye – it grosses me out to watch people’ teeth turn navy blue or black when they are eating one of my cookies.

    A definite alternative is to have an airbrush. Which one did you end up purchasing? Do you think it is overboard for a hobbyist to buy one?

    • melissa

      I totally agree with you. I shy away from doing heavily dyed cookies. The neat part about the airbrush is it is such a thin coating. You get the color without a lot of dye. I got the pegasus airbrush that is featured on Lisa’s blog. I have heard that it is the same one as the Duff airbrush that sells at Michael’s {good use for a 50% off coupon} or you can wait for Karen’s to have another sale. I have used the spray cans before and I have to tell you I like the airbrush better, it is easier to control and you don’t have to buy 5 cans. You buy the colors you want. Also, you can mix blue and yellow to make green like water colors. Hobbyist? It’s funny instead of buying certain things or expensive shoes, I have a baking wish list. So put it on your wish list, it may not be something you can get now but down the road. :-)

      • Suzanne

        Thanks for the quick reply! I will have to add this to my wishlist – next birthday!! I’m the same way, whenever I have extra money, gifts they go to support my cooking/baking obsession. I use it all so I shouldn’t feel bad.

        My sister has one and I’ll have to email her this post, I guess we never thought of it’s use on cookies. Such lovely clean lines!!

        This also will not produce the gag-me-with-too-much-R.I. flavor that some cookies produce. Thanks for sharing. I love your work!!!

  8. The BearFoot Baker

    I am so happy you got an airbrush gun! It was funny looking at the last picture of your post because everyone and their brother has played with mine! The family and neighbors love it as much as I do!!

    Glad you are happy with it and can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    Happy Creating, Lisa

    • melissa

      Thanks :-) My son normally just likes to the be the “taste tester” but it was so cute to see him airbrush the cookies today.

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