Join now to access all Premium tutorials Watch Now Join Free For 7 Days Already a member? Login How to paint cakes using cocoa butter with Calli Hopper Skill level: Advanced HD Lessons: 12 Lesson Details Now Playing 09:59 1. Preparing your plaque and paint In this lesson, Calli shows us how to prepare the plaque using a printed out image of a tiger along with tracing paper. Once you have marked your key areas you are ready to move onto preparing the paints. Calli uses a mixture of cocoa butter and dusts to create her paints. For the tools and ingredients for this technique see: Tiger Plaque Now Playing 10:21 2. Starting on the background and the Fur You will notice as you watch Calli just how important a soft touch and taking your time is. Never rush painting and always keep looking at your subject. Calli has the image in front of her and is continuously looking up at it so as to not assume anything. Be careful where you are placing your hand as you paint as the warmth from your hand will melt the cocoa butter. Calli suggests placing down a piece of kitchen paper down to rest your hand on where you have not yet painted. Now Playing 05:26 3. Building up the Fur Here Calli starts to build up the texture and the colour of the fur using a mixture of various shades of orange and yellow. You will notice how the smallest amount of paint can completely change a colour so be very subtle with your colour mixing and perhaps paint onto a piece of paper before committing to the plaque. Now Playing 13:26 4. Starting on the Eyes In this lesson, Calli begins to build up the left eye carefully mixing oranges with and yellows while using white the give the illusion of reflection. Again it is a slow but precise build-up of little strokes of the brush with constant attention to the original image. Now Playing 09:49 5. Adding the Fur In and Around the Ears Calli uses a stiff brush with a little black paint on it and uses short strokes up the way to create the fur effect. She then switches the yellows and oranges and does the same technique in reverse slightly into the black strokes to add to the realism of the fur. Now Playing 09:34 6. Working on the Nose Here Calli begins to work on the nose working with the oranges, yellows and browns. She advises that using your finger to blend the colours is a great way to softly merge colours but it’s best to do it while the paint is wet. Now Playing 16:27 7. Adding Detail Around the Mouth In this lesson Calli begins to work on adding fur and texture around the mouth creating greys and working lightly with the brush. If like Calli you find there is a bit you feel you could have done better simply use a very small sharp knife to gently scrape it away and start again. This is the magic of working with cocoa butter. Now Playing 08:58 8. Adding Detail Pt 1 Calli now starts to focus on the finer details around the Tiger such as the ground beneath it’s paws and face. She shows us how to create the illusion of depth of field by making the face feel more in focus than the foreground. She also shows us techniques for adding depth to colours and creating various shades. Now Playing 12:17 9. Finishing Touches Here Calli goes on to add the last little bits of details but as you will see it is open to interpretation as to when one is finished. It can be difficult to stop so every now and again take a break and step back and take a look with fresh eyes. In this lesson we see Calli use a scriber tool to add in even finer hair and general detail by scratching into the colours revealing the white paste below. Now Playing 02:11 10. Further Tips In this lesson Calli gives us some vital information and advice regarding the finished plaque and how we should store it and so on. She sheds more light on the working practices of working with cocoa butter and the paints used. Brilliant and very vital information. Now Playing 03:15 11. Pro Lesson Paul and Calli share some insider information vital for any professional cake designer looking to earn money from this beautiful piece of edible art. Now Playing 10:50 12. Highlights Here we have carefully selected some of the key parts of this tutorial that should give you enough to get started. Perfect for those of us struggling to find the time to watch the entire tutorial. The Tutor Calli Hopper Calli Hopper is an internationally recognised, award-winning expert in her field of hand-painted cakes. From graphic artist, illustrator, textile designer to cake artist,Calli has embraced her skills learnt over the years and transposed into confection, thus developing her own style of photo-realism painting, sculpting and tiered cakes. Calli fully advocates knowledge-sharing, as this is how she learnt and grew and would like to help others grow as well.