Gelatin art is made by injecting a colorful base into clear gelatin forming petals, leaves and other shapes.
You start by cooking the gelatin powder with water, just like you would store-bought jello.
The trick is to use high-quality gelatin that has high clarity, low odor and makes a firm jelly.
Gelatin powder sold in grocery stores is usually not strong enough and is not likely to give you nice-looking results.
In addition to that, it is packaged in small (7gr) packets making it much more expensive than gelatin sold by the pound.
Besides gelatin, you will need sugar, citric acid and food flavoring to complete your clear gelatin base.
When the gelatin has set in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight), draw shapes into it using a color base.
There are many ways to make the color base. The most basic recipe contains milk, sugar, gelatin and food coloring.
Flowers are usually drawn using a simple syringe with a needle or specialized gelatin art tools.
To start with, you can even use a kitchen knife or a small spoon to make the petal and then fill it up with the color base.
One very important thing is to pay attention to the temperature of the color base.
While clear gelatin should be kept cool, the color base should be kept slightly above room temperature to keep it thick but liquid while working with it.
If the color base starts to thicken up, place it in a container filled with warm water to make it liquid again.
If it get's too warm and runny, allow it to cool down a bit.
That is pretty much everything you need to know to get started. Once you get a hang of it, you can perfect your technique by reading the rest of our instructions here.
To save you the trouble of collecting all the right ingredients, we have created two starter kits that have everything you need to start making gelatin art.
Gelatin Art Starter Kit #1 has enough ingredients to make around 40 desserts with the provided needles and syringes.
Gelatin Art Starter Kit #2 has enough ingredients to make around 85 desserts and it contains three gelatin art tools in addition to needles and syringes.
To purchase these and other gelatin art products, visit our online store here.