Best Gum Paste Flowers Book?

Decorating By The_Sugar_Fairy Updated 24 May 2010 , 2:45am by MyDiwa

The_Sugar_Fairy Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 5:56pm
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Hello all!
Can anyone recommend a good gum paste flowers book? I'd like to purchase one but don't really know where to start. I've taken the Wilton course, but I'd like to learn other flowers too, like hydrangeas, etc. Thanks!

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lomfise Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 6:15pm
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I can't recommend a book you should buy, but I can tell you about one I don't like.

I recently bought Simplifying Sugar Flowers by Alison Procter, and am now returning it. I was looking for a book on simple and easy sugar flowers, but this book is all about wired flowers for sprays and such.

Win Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 6:31pm
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Originally Posted by lomfise

I can't recommend a book you should buy, but I can tell you about one I don't like.

I recently bought Simplifying Sugar Flowers by Alison Procter, and am now returning it. I was looking for a book on simple and easy sugar flowers, but this book is all about wired flowers for sprays and such.




That's actually my favorite book and the one from which I have learned most of my techniques. She is a botanical artist as well as a sugar artist so her flowers are the most realistic I have every seen. I consistently place high in competition using her techniques. It's not a beginner's book (although I started with it as a beginner) in the sense that if you have absolutely no background in working with gumpaste some of the terms and techniques will seem challenging at first, but if you want really impressive flowers, it's worth looking into.

The_Sugar_Fairy Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 10:18pm
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Actually, that's the only book I do have on sugar flowers (Proctor) and I totally don't like it either. I find all the flowers, well, not very attractive. So I agree with you on that. Any others out there?

jennabell441 Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 10:26pm
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Lesley Herbert's Complete Book of Sugar Flowers. That is the one I refer to.

PinkLisa Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 10:33pm
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I love Scott Clark Wooley's book. I use it all the time! He also has some free downloads on his website.

brincess_b Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 10:59pm
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alan dunns books are really good too (all wired, but there are lots of detailed pictures). he has loads, and i can never remember which ones ive actually seen - but it may be your library has some, and you can see some of the pages on amazon too.

jane price's the home guide to cake decorating is a good book in general, but does a simple guide to roses and sweet peas too, which i have used.
xx

icer101 Posted 16 Jan 2010 , 10:59pm
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all of alan dunns sugar flower books are amazing. and realistic..

Sweet_Guys Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 1:59am
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Another medium would be Nicholas Lodge's DVDs...They are incredible and he is an excellent teacher...He has numerous titles...Look up his website and call his shop...They can direct you to the appropriate DVD for the types of flowers you want to learn how to make...There is a DVD that includes Hydrangea.

Paul

MyDiwa Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 2:21am
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I also have Scott Clark Woolley's book. I think it works for me because I also have some of his DVDs (which are VERY expensive). Without them the techniques may not be so straight forward to follow but like I said, it works for me. I really would suggest a DVD first and then when you're comfortable doing a few then maybe invest in a book. Nicholas Lodge and Jennifer Dontz have affordable DVDs on flowers and Jennifer has a new one on flower arranging.

PinkLisa Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 2:27am
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I have Scott's book and not his DVDs. My guess is as long as you take someone's hands-on class, you will be able to follow his book. I've had no problem. I teach myself new flowers all the time with his book. I would LOVE his DVDs but won't splurge on the price (at least not yet).

newmansmom2004 Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 2:40am
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Originally Posted by Sweet_Guys

Another medium would be Nicholas Lodge's DVDs...They are incredible and he is an excellent teacher...He has numerous titles...Look up his website and call his shop...They can direct you to the appropriate DVD for the types of flowers you want to learn how to make...There is a DVD that includes Hydrangea.

Paul




I second this! I have a couple of his DVD's and they're very easy to follow with great shots and explanations.

mireillea Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 1:42pm
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I love all of Alan Dunn's books. The book Sugarcraft flowers from Claire Webb is also pretty good. I have a book from Paddi Clark but don't like it that much, I have the same problem with Proctor, her flowers just don't appeal to me that much.
I adore the book of Sylvia Weinstock. It is expensive and doesn't contain instructions, but if you are (a bit) experienced in flower making it contains a wealth of new ideas!
By the way, you might want to check out the website of chef Lori Ann Blethen. It contains a video in which she shows how to make hydrangeas. Very informative!

milkmaid42 Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 5:15pm
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You can put me down for a vote for Scott Clark Woolley's book also. I wish I could afford his DVDs but I find his directions very concise and his flowers are incredible.

Kweed Posted 23 May 2010 , 5:11pm
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I too have Nicholas Lodge videos, they are great. Looking for someone specific on how to make a gladiolus. icon_smile.gif

KayMc Posted 23 May 2010 , 7:23pm
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The only book listed on Amazon for Scott Clark Wooley is $400!!! Is that the book you all are referring to?????????????????????????????

Rylan Posted 23 May 2010 , 9:14pm
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Alan Dunn's books are amazing.

MyDiwa Posted 24 May 2010 , 2:45am
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Yes, that is the book but it's currently being revised and out of print so people are just being greedy and silly. Try his website (cakesbydesign.cc) and see if you can contact him and he might help you out. My copy was about $30 I think.

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