I would like to highly recommend Julia M Usher's videos on cookie decorating to all new cookie decorators. I have 2 of her books but actually watching as she shows the techniques makes things look so much simpler. The series of videos is based on her book 'Ultimate Cookies' and there is a video for each of the techniques described in the book. Altogether there are 16 little videos which you stream for $1.99 each or $15 for the lot for a year. I am only half way through but I am really glad that I bought them. Her teaching is so clear and concise and makes you feel that anyone can do it. I know that you can find all these techniques on youtube but here they are all in the same place, at a very modest price, and with really good viewing quality. For me this is a dream. I am soooo sick of teaching myself out of books.
And for any skeptics out there, NO I do not receive any kickbacks.