I've been decorating for almost 2 years now.... and it just seems as though my "improvement" has stopped coming. I practice when I can between cakes that I actually need to make but it just seems as though I've stopped getting better and am in a lull ... but want to get SOOO much better. Any ideas for breaking out of the plateau
I felt this way earlier in the year and kinda took a little break from decorating out of frustration. I had completed a project and was disappointed that I still noticed the same "mistakes" I'd noticed in similar projects all along. At that point, I resolved to take classes to develop my skills.
I would do the same as the previous poster, take a class. Good luck!
yep, take a class. Have fun!
Are you stretching yourself? You've gotta go for things that you've never done before.
Either take a class or go to the local Cake Club ie: ICES or find one near you
Try something totally different. If you're doing all buttercream cakes, give fondant a try. If you're doing nothing but cakes, give cookies a try. I used to concentrate mostly on cakes, until I started looking at all the beautiful cookies on this site. I started doing cookies 6 months ago, and am having a ball! The break has helped me to enjoy doing my usual assortment of cakes, too.
I come here and look at the gallery I never fail to learn something new.
and then practice it...
Thanks everyone! I've taken Wilton classes 1, 2, and half of 3 but got sick and missed the last half.
I'll definitely keep working at it and keep practicing!
I am going to try my hand at gumpaste flowers. I am waiting on the teacher who taught me Wilton Courses 1, 2, and 3 last year to call me back and tell me when she is going to start the classes-last I heard, she was still waiting on supplies. She told me probably the middle of October, but here it is the end of October!! Arrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhh! I really wish I could afford the DVDs that Scott Clark Woolley offers on his amazing flowers! 1 DVD is $149! Anyone want to help me buy the DVD? I am going to try to save up for it though. Maybe you could try doing flowers if you don't already-or if you do, go for more detailed flowers! HTH!!
TrinaH...I know exactly what you're saying. I've taken all available classes around my area and now I'm at a point where the classes are too basic for my need. It's a waste of time re-doing the classes I've had (other than just the practice). I need more advanced classes but none are available. I'm turning now to DVDs and they are a little pricey so can't afford to buy the really good ones. You and I are in the same predicament. I have an ICES group in the area that I joined but we only meet twice a year--but it's something.
I was going to suggest classes but I see that is an already popular suggestion. I might recommend going to cake shows, you should be able to find one close enough for a road trip, depending on where you live.