Painting cake with food paste colours?

I cannot use vodka or any other form of alcohol in my cakes. Hence, painting a cake has become challenging for me. I tries water but the result was horrible. I considered using oil but was not sure if it would stay. I also need a liquid option to mix with luster dust so that i can paint my tiaras. Air brushing paint is expensive so that is not an option either.. Please suggest something that would work perfectly and can achieve a good solid colour.

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Becky Pendergraft ...

I use lemon flavoring when painting with gel, paste and luster dust colors – it works very well! I’ve also heard clear vanilla extract works well.

Kendra Hicks ...

I think any extract would work, but I’m pretty sure they all contain alcohol as well. If it makes you feel better, the alcohol evaporates. A higher grain alcohol like Everclear evaporates even more quickly but you have to work fast. I don’t think there’s another option besides water and it usually leaves sticky spots.

SliceOfSweetArt ...

You should take into account, as Kendra already stated, alcohol evaporates so it shouldn’t be a problem.

To better understand this, simply place a few drops of vanilla extract on a plate & walk away for an hour. When you go back to the plate, you’ll find the liquid has completely evaporated and you’re left a shiny “film” on the plate.

Bonnie ...

I often paint with straight color and then the white color mixed to give me the shade I need. BUT as they said alcohol evaporates. I like lemon extract best, it seems to flow better. I also took a painting demo with Ruth Rickey, she uses vegetable oil in powdered colors to do some of her painting.