Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › How Do I? › Learning Gumpaste Flowers
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Learning Gumpaste Flowers

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
How did you all learn how to make gumpaste flowers-books, DVD's, lessons? Need recomendations-thanks a lot!
post #2 of 11
I took my first lesson in gum paste from Sheila Brooks at the Cake Craft Shoppe in Sugar Land, Texas so I learned from a master right off. I then took a class from Eleonor Rielander and then - practice practice practice!!!!

I did take a class from Jill Maythem too!
My friend Jennifer Dontz taught herself - and now teaches others and I have taken 2 classes from her. She is fantastic.
Sugar Artist in Progress
Reply
Sugar Artist in Progress
Reply
post #3 of 11
I taught myself.. just jump in and give it a go. Don't be afraid to mess up.. it's part of the fun and learning process. I get cutters.. look up botanical info on the flowers.. and just have at it.
post #4 of 11
First, I took an wedding cake order that called for four dozen cattleya orchids, and learned how to do orchids using the Wilton set through trial by fire. LOL You can learn to do them yourself as many people do but it's infinitely easier when someone with major talent and experience teaches you hands-on. I've taken classes from Nicholas Lodge and Jennifer Dontz as well as have videos by Rosemary Watson and Michele Foster. I also have several dozen books on gumpaste flowers, including every one of Alan Dunn's books who is IMHO hands-down the most talented gumpaste artist on the planet. Now I am signed up to take another Nicholas Lodge class in a couple of months and can't WAIT!!

So, do it all! icon_biggrin.gif
~ Sherri
Reply
~ Sherri
Reply
post #5 of 11
Alan Dunn is a sugar flower GOD. His flowers could fool a bee. His roses.. OMG.. just beautiful. I would pay money just to touch his hands.

If you have access to good classes and can afford them they are invaluable.. but alas.. I am nowhere near any good classes.. so I am on my own. icon_lol.gif
post #6 of 11
i went to a class. id been looking at books for ages, but it made a lot more sense once id seen it live! but i would have learnt with books, it would have just taken a lot longer!
xx
post #7 of 11
I've taken private classes with Carol Lowe (a master in sugar flowers), public classes with Nick Lodge, videos with Scott Woolley, Nick Lodge and Michelle Foster. Have everyone's books from Alan Dunn to Leslie Herbert and then some. But with all of that it just comes down to one thing -- PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!! icon_biggrin.gif
To find "THE RECIPE LINKS ARE HERE" thread, click on "Forums", then "Recipes" and it's the first sticky. Latest updates are on (the bottom of) page 10 here: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-625803-135.html
Reply
To find "THE RECIPE LINKS ARE HERE" thread, click on "Forums", then "Recipes" and it's the first sticky. Latest updates are on (the bottom of) page 10 here: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-625803-135.html
Reply
post #8 of 11
Most of my learning came from books by various artists, a few classes, and a LOT of trial and error. Much of what I do is from trying an easier or faster way to get the flowers to look more realistic. Like bobwonderbuns said, practice, practice, practice.

If you can't take a class, try a video. Books are also good, but it's easier when you see the work in motion.

HTH

Michele
Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
Reply
Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
Reply
post #9 of 11
I also suggest you look at Tonedna's profile and look at her youtube videos...a great place to start and she makes GREAT flowers!
post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Susans53

How did you all learn how to make gumpaste flowers-books, DVD's, lessons? Need recomendations-thanks a lot!



Take classes and buy some books. Classes are best for hands on experience.
The 6 Ps Law states Proper Preparation Prevents Pi$$ Poor Performance.

-Mr. Morganti
Reply
The 6 Ps Law states Proper Preparation Prevents Pi$$ Poor Performance.

-Mr. Morganti
Reply
post #11 of 11
If you like someone's work and have an opportunity to take a class from them, my advice is do it!!! Quality classes usually will allow you to have a strong foundation to branch off on your own.

Jen icon_smile.gif
Jennifer Dontz - Traveling sugar art teacher
Online store/gallery: www.sugardelites.com
NOW SHIPPING!!!! CYMBIDIUM ORCHID / IVY DVD!
Reply
Jennifer Dontz - Traveling sugar art teacher
Online store/gallery: www.sugardelites.com
NOW SHIPPING!!!! CYMBIDIUM ORCHID / IVY DVD!
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: How Do I?
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › How Do I? › Learning Gumpaste Flowers