Finally, I took the pictures of my chocolate painting to share it with everyone. I am back in Jakarta from Semarang with a bad cough. Felt better 2 days ago and then am downed again. Yesterday was the worst, couldn't stop coughing since morning and had trouble to sleep. My sister and her family are staying in my parents' house until Sunday. I hope I can catch up some rest and sleep during this weekend. I got the idea to do chocolate painting from Wilton YearBook. In the book they use icing sugar to paint, I chose chocolate for painting. I'm not a pro on this. You can see that my outlines still 'struggle' there :) Hope the following pictorial can satisfy some of you that have been emailing me asking about how I do chocolate painting.
(1) Print out the picture on tracing paper, parchment paper, or wax paper.
(2) Cut the chocolate with one hand grasped the handle of the knife and the other hand placed midpoint on the back of the knife (push the knife down). Gradually move the knife across the block of chocolate.
(4) Melt the chocolates one color at a time with double boiler, microwave, chocolate melting pot or other melting method that you are comfortable with.
(5) For outline, you can use Wilton's round tip number 1 with disposable decorating bag.
(6) Prepare the print out picture. Turn the picture for painting (picture 8).
(7) Make the outline first. Remember not to use the hot melted chocolate right away for the outline because we want the outline stand still instead of going everywhere. Test it on other paper first, if too runny wait for few minutes until the chocolate cooled down a little bit. Leave it to cool down and harden for few minutes before we start fill-in.
(8) For the other chocolate colors to fill in, no need to use Wilton's tip. Just cut away a little bit on the edge of the disposable decorating bag. Don't cut too much, better to make a small cut first and if the chocolate is hard to come out then you can cut more later.
(9) Paint each part with the different colors. Remember to melt the chocolate one at the time because chocolate is easy to get harden. Tooth pick can be used to push the chocolate to the edge (picture 12). To avoid bubble in the chocolate, tap the table few times in between fill in process.
(10) When all parts are already filled with chocolates, cool it down. You don't need to put it on the fridge to cool it down. Just put it on the table at the room temperature for few minutes. Don't worry too much if the chocolate looks wavy or wrinkled, as long as you fill in everything.
(11) Last step, cover the painting with the white chocolate as shown in the picture 16. Let it cool for few minutes. Don't use overheated chocolate if you don't want your work ruined.
(12) Carefully separate the paper from the chocolate. Don't hold the chocolate too long with your hand as it will melt quickly. Move it to a plate, wrap the plate with cling wrap. It won't melt in room temperature.