Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gumpaste Flower Classes

Hello to everyone,

Very good news!! I have been looking for a while for a place to start teaching gumpaste flower classes and by chance last week ran into someone who I worked with when I was interning at a cake shop a few years ago. We started talking about what each of us have been doing these past years and when I mentioned I wanted to teach gumpaste flowers she told me she has a kitchen that I could use.

I will be putting together a couple of classes to teach about the 2nd week of January. I will post the details later this week. If you know anyone interested please have them contact me. It is in Hungtington Beach, CA.

I love to make these amazing flowers and to share what I know with others. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blue Orchids

When you think of orchids you don't necessarily think blue.. but, I had an order for rather large orchids with a deep but subtle blue color. I was very concerned something might go wrong which I don't normally worry about. So, I made extra flowers just in case and what do you know? I didn't need them.

I began to dust the practice petals I usually have with the different shades of blues. I combined blues, added white to soften the deep blues and finally found the color I wanted. I should write down the colors I use like I say every time I make a flower but I think it is nice to always have them a bit different.

After much stress and time finding the color I finally started applying it to the orchids.. I started with a very pale dusting, then after I completed one entire flower I did like how it came out. I had several to color and decided to make them all different shades of the blue to give some contrast. All in all I was very pleased and happy to say so was the caterer. I had also made several loose petals to lay around the tiers of the cake like they had fallen off the orchids.

Orchids in shades of blue
 The one disappointing part is I only took a couple of pictures of the flowers before I delivered them.  I think I shall contact the caterer and see if she took any photos.