How to Doodle with a Fluid Writer

Doodling is a therapeutic art form and doodling on cakes is no exception. This tutorial by Lindy Smith will help you get to grips with a fluid writer.

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Doodling is a therapeutic art form and doodling on cakes is no exception. This tutorial by Lindy Smith will help you get to grips with a fluid writer and soon you won't be able to stop doodling beautiul flowers! 

You will need:



  • 15 x 12.7cm (6 x 5in) high round cake of your choice covered in yellow sugarpaste.
  • water based liquid food colours: black
  • small fluid writer
  • paintbrush


Load the fluid writer with the black water based liquid food colour by using a paintbrush. Use the writer to draw stems for each flower as shown.


Next, draw patterns to represent additional petals in the gaps between each white petal on a flower. Try using a mix of lines and dots or draw petal shapes and colour them in, the choice is yours. You can make all the patterns the same or vary them as I have done.


If you are unsure what to draw or what will work, simply try out your ideas on paper first. Try out simple elements or be more adventurous. Think about what you would be drawing if you were absentmindedly doodling? Would those doodles work here?


Next add a leaf to each stem by drawing a simple leaf shape. Add some veining then add pattern as desired, using my examples to guide you.


These leaves can be as simple or as intricate as you wish, have some fun with them, you are not trying to draw life-like leaves. If you go wrong, simply make it part of the pattern – it’s easy to hide your mistakes when doodling.


Once the daisies are complete, start filling the area between the stems with small leaves, flowers, dandelion clocks and seed heads. To draw a dandelion clock simply draw a circle of small asterisks, as shown. Alternatively draw a circle of lines going into a centre then add shallow ‘C’ shapes at the end of each line.


Add simplified flowers, made of triangles then fill the space around them with small leaves on curving stems. There is no need to fill every space and remember you can leave some shapes as outlines whilst others you can colour in. Balance between the two works best.

Top Tip

  • The secret of success with a fluid writer is to make sure you use a light touch, that the surface you are writing on is dry and that you hold the fluid writer at 90° to that surface. Practice on paper first, if it scratches you are pressing too hard. The ink should just flow like an old fashioned fountain pen.

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