My Handwriting Stinks....

Decorating By heavenlyfire Updated 28 Jun 2008 , 3:03am by Monkess

heavenlyfire Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 12:01am
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Actually, my handwriting is really very good - it is my cakewriting that is terrible. If you look at the cakes I have in my gallery, I hate the way my writing turns out. What is a good way to work on the writing? I have vey shaky hands when I try to do the writing, and either my frosting is too stiff and I have to use too much pressure, and the writing reaks, or it is too thin and melts together. When I get the consistency right (after I do the happy dance, lol) I still have lousy skills....tips?

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gakali Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 12:09am
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That's why I "dip dot"!! It makes my very amateur-looking writing look pretty cool! I get compliments on my writing now all the time. Which makes me giggle because I always think "if you only saw it BEFORE I added the dip dots....!" icon_biggrin.gif

jessfmaldonado Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 12:11am
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Galaki how do you do those "dip dots" they look good!! Your handwriting does look very good!! Do you start with the dot or add it after the letter on top? Thanks

Jessica

gakali Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 12:17am
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I do the dots after. I just add them to every corner/point. icon_smile.gif

JenniferMI Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 1:43am
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If you have an edible image printer, you could do banners on all your cakes, they look very professional!

When piping writing, I type out the fancy fonts on my computer, then pop that into my KopyKake projector and project it down on the cake. Then pipe over with icing. Perfect writing every time!

HTH!

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soygurl Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 4:14am
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Practice.
Make sure your frosting is thin enough to come out easily, but not so thin that it drips out of the tip!
Practice.
Only fill your bag about 1/3-1/2 full.
Practice.
Find a font you like, that's simple, but pretty. It's much easier if it's NOT calligraphy (you want the width of all likes in each letter to be about the same.)
Practice.
Move your whole arm, not just your hands.
Practice.
Try to find a good speed to write at... most beginners write very slowly, but I found that it got WAY easier to write nicely when I sped up a little. You need to coordinate your pressure on the bag, with the speed your harm moves. If your writing is shaky looking, your moving too slow!
Practice.

Oh yeah, and practice, practice, practice!

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Personally, I think that "methods" are a short cut that takes WAY too much time. JMHO... thumbs_up.gif

heavenlyfire Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 6:49pm
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water, rofl.....I know, if I would practice more, it would get better. I just get so frustrated by it!! i think I am going to have to just get a long sheet of wax paper and start writing out names and other words, etc just to get the mostions smoothed out. thanks for the tips!

jammjenks Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 8:01pm
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I purchased the letter/message press set from Wilton. They are quite helpful IMO.

Marysmom Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 8:11pm
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Yes, wax paper, that's what I was going to suggest.

Print out some common phrases in a font you like. Or, write on a piece of paper in your own handwriting and then lay the wax paper over it. Use this as a guide to practice with. This is what worked for me.

Good Luck!

ShopGrl1128 Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 8:26pm
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I have to make a wedding cake in two weeks with all the 220 guests names written all over the cake...I'm soooo scared of this cake, but I will practice, practice, practice before I do it.

Pray for me!

acookieobsession Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 12:50am
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if you go too slow you will shake.

print is easier than cursive.

Monkess Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 3:03am
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I find getting the right consistency of the bc very important. A good flow is important, also I avoid #2 but prefer #3 or if space allows #5.

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