How to Make the Evocative Paint Splatter French Macaron
There is nothing more vibrant, yet more simplistic than the paint splatter macaron. Color can really bring almost anything to life. If you are going to start decorating macarons, this should be the very first one you should decorate. From to start to finish, you will feel accomplished and people will look at you like you are a god and/or goddess. If they only knew...
To achieve the paint splatter, it is my best advice to use liquid food coloring. However, if you only have gel food coloring, there is no need to go out and purchase more (since you will hardly ever use liquid food coloring when making macarons). Add a few drops of extract to the gel food coloring to create a liquid consistency. The best thing about extract, is that the alcohol in it will eventually evaporate, allowing the color to dry even quicker. Time is of the essence, isn't it? Any sort of extract would work well, but I prefer to use almond extract as that flavor goes hand-in-hand with the french macaron. I used pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue. Five of your favorite colors is enough, otherwise it can start to look like one large color blob.
The next important tool is to have a reasonable paint brush to create this effect. I purchased these smaller bristle paint brushes from Ace Hardware here:
But, you can purchase them from just about any hardware store or art shop (amazon.com carries them as well, since they carry just about everything). I wouldn't recommend using anything smaller than 1/2-inch brush, as it will make it much more difficult to splatter. Next, I would get yourself some latex gloves to protect from coloring your skin. Yes, it is possible to remove food coloring from your skin, but it can sometimes be a nightmare. You can also use a combination of baking soda and water to create a paste, followed by white vinegar. This removes food coloring from your skin magically.
Placing a piece of parchment paper under the macarons will ensure easy cleanup and not accidentally coloring your entire home. It is best to have a large glass of water and some paper towels standing by so you can rinse and dry the brush after each color. Use the tip of your fingers to pull back the top bristles of the brush toward you and voila! Remember to cover each macaron to your liking, but don't over do it.
Allow your macarons to dry completely so the colors don't smear into each other. Then you can fill them with your favorite fillings. I used a rainbow of buttercream to fill my paint splattered macarons.