cake decorator and you could only give one tip, idea, or advice on anything that had to do with cake decorating, what would it be?
I think I would tell them practice makes perfect.
I would say to give it time and dont try to rush it !
Everything comes with practice.
"Once is a mistake, twice is a pattern." (My favorite advice for a booboo that can't be covered with a flower - do the same thing on the other side and act like you intended for it to be there!)
Besides what's already been said:
Find your style and stick to it. Don't try to be everything to everybody.
Do what you do well.
That you are due for 5 major boo-boo's in your life and That we have all faced them, dealt with them and plowed ahead! (After all mistakes are your best lessons-and if it is big enough, you'll never repeat the same mistake). "School of Hard Knocks" Type of deal!
Even though Iâm just an amateur, hit by a recent cake-decorating mania, Iâd chime in with one word: Experiment! All tips, instructions, techniques, books, recipes, etc. are readily available everywhere, to everyone, but only the people who dare step off the beaten path end up with new and unique designs (granted one has to have walked on the beaten path first before stepping off of it!)
See it, think it, break it down and make it
Don't be afraid to try something new just because you haven't seen it done yet. If you have any art background, that is a plus, since you can see things spatially which is helpful!
take you patterns and inspiration from everywhere! I have an argyle cake that was inspired by my babies tee-shirt. It's everywhere, just tap into it.
OH, and read through all the technical advice you can on here, ask questions, since CC'ers are the best people you can meet and are willing to help.
The big putty knives are great for smoothing sides, and Viva method is a great resource!
theres nothing you cant do if you put your mind to it. if you dont know something ask..when i look at things i see art, or a use for it, from a tuna can, tooth brush, wet cloth. you can design from anything..... I would say look at, it study it, think about it,than you will see the art in it.
Keep it fun. They are cakes, they will be eaten, they don't have to be perfect.
As several people have already said....dive in fearlessly with both feet and have fun. Read everything, watch tutorials, ask questions, practice and experiment. There are so many possibilities for creativity, eventually you will fall in love with one or two (or more). Make them your trademark.