Pretty Valentine’s Day Icing Palette
One of my favorite things about cookie decorating is putting together pretty color palettes. I’ve posted color palettes in the past, but they kind of got lost in the busyness of the past two years, and I discovered I wasn’t enjoying the process as much as I like.
This year, one of my goals is to get back to basics. Not so much cookie decorating basics, but the basic concepts and ideas that make me, me! This includes one of my favorite subjects, icing color.
Before I begin, I want to say, color is a very personal thing. A palette that one person finds beautiful, could strike another as revolting. Keep that in mind as you experiment with color. My palettes are intended to be a guide more than anything, as well as a teaching tool.
Like most things, your coloring skills will improve with practice and as you discover the combinations that are most appealing to you. If you don’t like Tulip Red (a personal fave) don’t be afraid to try another shade. In time you will be creating your own, uniquely personal color schemes.
I took a little liberty in naming the colors, to simplify things. The first color in this palette is equal parts Americolor Mint Green and Sky Blue. Both colors tend to go from “barely there” to “whoa” in just a drop, so I used toothpicks to create this shade. Remember, you can make it as light or dark as you like, depending on the amount of color you add. Keep in mind, that most icing colors “develop” or darken over time. For optimal results, stop adding color when the icing is a shade or two lighter than what you’d like the final color to be. By the time you’re ready to decorate, they should have reached the desired shade.
2. Tulip Red
Nothing fancy here, just a heathy squeeze of Americolor Tulip Red. Not everyone loves Tulip Red like I do. Some people find it a little orangey. If that’s the case, switch it out with Americolor Super Red. The results will be slightly different, but just as beautiful. You can see a similar version of this palette, made with Super Red, here.
3. Dark Tulip Pink
One of my favorite ways to add visual interest to cookie platters is to use several shades of the same color. For this reason, I often use already colored icing to create colors. In this case, I mixed a little tulip red with white icing, and added a touch of my favorite pink icing color, Wilton Pink. You can read why I prefer it over other colors here.
4. Light Tulip Pink
Light Tulip Pink icing is nothing more than a bit of dark tulip pink mixed into fresh white icing. If you happen to need just this color, use toothpicks to mix a little Tulip red and Wilton Pink into white icing, being careful not to over add. A little bit of color goes a very long way!
5. Spring Green
To make a nice spring green color, I mixed Americolor Mint Green and Egg Yellow. There are other combinations that will produce a similar result, but since I used Mint Green to create the central shade in this palette (aquamarine) I stuck with mint to ensure that this family of colors shared the same “DNA,” if you will.
Speaking of family, that brings me to one of my favorite icing coloring tips. When mixing color palettes, it’s often good practice to mix a little of each shade back into the other. This ensures that each has a common thread, or DNA as I mentioned above.
This is not always necessary, of course, especially if you have a good eye for color, but if you ever find yourself feeling like something is “off” with a specific palette, this is my best tip for correcting it.
Mixing icing colors takes time, but the end result is quite worth it.
I hope to share more of my favorite palettes in the coming months. I would love to hear suggestions for future color-realted topics or formulas you would like me to cover. In the meantime, follow my Icing Color board on Pinterest or check out the following posts to learn more about icing color:
- How to Make Beautifully Coordinated Icing Colors
- How to Make Your Icing Colors Match via Lila Loa
- Karen’s One Bowl Icing Mixing Method
- Changing Icing Color with Ivory and Black
- Sweet Sugarbelle Printable Color Chart
Gorgeous colors! Also the tip for mixing other colors in – one of the best you’ve ever shared. It really does make a huge difference! Happy Valentine’s Cookies!!
Oh, how pretty! I just love this color palette and how soft the colors are! I wanted to know how to make this aquamarine. Mine always had too much blue to it, so thank you! So pretty!
I hope to one day try to decorate cutout cookies so I started researching on Pinterest and came across your blog. I will definitely be back to check out more of your tips as you seem to be very good at instruction and I know I will need that. I love these colors and all your ideas. I would never have thought about icing DNA but it really makes sense. Thanks so much.
This is great thanks for posting! I want to try this palette!
Love the cookies and the colors are fabulous!
Yasss! Thank you! I am not good at mixing colors. I’ve gotten better over time but tips from you are so helpful!! And I love that green! Never would’ve figured out that one!
Thank you for this post! I’m looking forward to learning more about color in your future palette posts! 🙂
Wow! Your colors and cookies are always amazing. I love your aquamarine, it’s so pretty. As usual, your cookies look like perfection! Looking forward to more blog posts (hint hint) 🙂
It’s taken a year, but it’s on like Donkey Kong now, lol!
Every time I see your cookies, I am totally amazed! Your beautiful cookies always make me smile. 🙂
Gorgeous color palette! I love how soft and feminine it is…perfect for love themed cookies 🙂 I have used the tulip red but it never seems to get to the right shade for me. I usually go with super red but stop a few shades before the color I want because when it darkens, it REALLY darkens up lol. I have a friend who’s anniversary is coming up and she gave me the go ahead to choose color palette for her cookies and I am so seriously leaning on this one!
Callye, These tips about icing colors are very useful and I’m looking forwarding to future color pallette posts. I would love to hear your tips about purple. I find purple tends to look blue and I’m uncertain what I am doing wrong. Also, when I do achieve a true purple it looks blue in photos. I have learned so much from you and appreciate your generosity in sharing your cookie decorating techniques. Thank you!
Absolutely gorgeous <3
I love all the palettes you create! You really have a way with colors. I am a fan of the bright, happy mixes like this one. Spring and summer hues!
I can't wait to see more from you!
I love everything that you do. I would be so excited to win.
Just gorgeous colors! Thanks for your tips and ideas!
This was so helpful! I started following you awhile ago! But I have just always mixed my colors of the season. I didn’t develop a color palette! Thank you so much! I also have had problems with sets of cookies(is that what you call them). I just bring out 8-10 cutters and bake and decorate away. Then it looks like I just threw things together. Which I actually did! With your new products with will help me! So these nuggets of info are helping me develop my cookie career! Thank you and congrats on all that you have established with your hard work and passion! Eat always, Terri
Thank you, Terri. That is exactly how I started out, and why I share the tips I’ve learned over the years. Your comment really means a lot to me!
These are gorgeous! What kind of cutter did you use for the round flowers with attached leaves?
your article is fabulous, is that aquamarine is same as americancolor turquoise ? look forward to hearing from you, thank you so much
It is similar, but I feel like you need to add a toothpick touch of electric green or lemon yellow to give it that bit of brightness that I love so much!
for the pink , you said you use Pink Wilton, what color is similar with another brand? soft pink from Chefmasters? thank you
I don’t know for sure, but I will ask my friend Anne, of Flour Box Bakery and get back to you. She uses Chef Master colors frequently along with carrying them in her store and really likes them.
I am also a big fan of Artisan Accents pink. If you follow me on Instagram, I have a few swatches pictured for reference.