Icing Dye

by Patricia
(Long Beach, CA)

I saw a technique using cake icing dye. The demonstrator dissolved it in water in a spray bottle. The paper looked really pretty but I noticed that the dye has sugar in it. Has anyone tried this? Will it attract bugs?

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Feb 09, 2017
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Wow, Icing Dye NEW
by: Claire

I think it sounds kind of like dying yarn with Koolaid. Part of it depends on how long you expect this project to last and how you store it. Not all Koolaid colors are light fast. I am guessing this was sprayed on paper... but did the paper get "rinsed?" The sugar would dissolve and wash off with warm water and the dye might continue to stain the paper.

And to think that if it is cake icing... oh my stomach lining must look like a rainbow! :)


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Icing dye seems bad for paper NEW
by: LJ

I spoke with the rare books archivist at my employ about this. She posited that bugs likely would be a big problem, along with other issues, from an archival stance. She pointed out books from the 18th century that had worm damage due to the type of glue, sweet nectar for the worms, used by the bookbinders. Seems like this would be a similar problem with dye that has sugar.

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