- 1 tablespoon gelatin powder (10gr)
- 1 cup of milk or milk replacement (250ml)
- 1/2 cups white sugar (100g)
- 1 Tsp. vanilla sugar (optional)
- 3/4 tablespoon titanium dioxide (optional)
Mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder with 3 tablespoons of cold water and let it bloom for 10 min until all the water has been absorbed.
Heat 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar and the vanilla sugar in a saucepan until vapor appears above the surface. Do not let the milk boil.
Remove the milk from heat and add the gelatin.Stir until completely dissolved.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cold milk. (For a thicker color base, use 1/2 cup heavy cream instead of milk in this step.)
If you will be adding white food coloring or titanium dioxide, add it to a small amount of the color base, mix it well with an electrical mixer and then add the rest of the base.
You can also use a blender to mix in the titanium dioxide, but keep an eye on the foam, it builds up quickly.
Remove the foam from the top and let the base cool. When the base reaches room temperature, it is ready to be used.
White food coloring (titanium dioxide) difference:
These pictures show the difference between gelatin base with and without white food coloring. White food coloring is used to make the flower petals more opaque and solid.
Flower drawn with white food coloring:
Flower drawn without white food coloring: