Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gumpaste Class Hibiscus and Plumeria

Last week was part 2 of the Plumeria and Hibiscus gumpaste class. I had a great time teaching the ladies who took my class and they were awesome students.

I believe none of the students had any prior experience using gumpaste and found my class either seeing me at the Orange County Fair doing the demo or the school catalog and being curious about it. I am glad to share this fantastic art in sugar and hope they continue on.

We started in week 1 making all the petals for both flowers since they have to dry before adding the petal dust and assembling.  I went over the tools a bit and how to use them and what they do. I then gave a demo on how to make, cut and shape the petals. Then everyone started working as I assisted or explained what they could do to make it different or help fix mishaps.

The interesting thing about teaching for me is I just do certain things to create the petals I don't explain. Not that I don't want to or think it is important, it is just that I do them, not thinking about it. I must have wondered or asked many questions when I started out.

Everyone made their petals using the same few cutters and we had all similar petals but with slight differences. I loved that since flowers are not all alike in real life and are much nicer when not all shaped the same. They all did a bang up job. The most important part is they all had fun!!! So, they told me.

Week 2 and now we get to add the petal dust and assemble them. This for me has always been my favorite part. This is where you get to make the flowers look lifelike and let the artist in you come out. I brought several colors to use, gave a demo on how to add the petal dust and some do's and don'ts from my own experience learning and then everyone began. Even with everyone using the same colors no two were alike. Isn't that great?

After adding the petal dust another brief demo about assembling them and using florist tape. This part just takes practice and will get easier as you do more. But, they all did great and assembled both flowers creating some fantastic Plumeria's and Hibiscus for their first time... I think they all turned out wonderful and again, having fun is what it is all about. I was very excited.

I think I am a true artist at heart. As much as I prepare I always leave something behind. This time it was a missing battery for my camera. I couldn't take any pictures and I am waiting for one of the ladies in class to send me some so I can post them. Mental note for next time is to check I have my camera with the all batteries.

I will post shortly more classes. The Chinese Peony and Stargazer Lily. They seem to be most popular.

1 comment:

  1. Hi

    Glad to know that you have a great class!! How lucky your students are to have you as a teacher. I saw your gumpaste epidendrum orchid lei. I at first thought that it was made of real flowers. It is really pretty. The pink flowers on the white cake are stunningly beautiful! I was so impressed with its elegance. Thank you, Shaile. Looking forward to your photos!!