I have been lurking on a few online groups and I see so any talented people. I'm working on getting my skill level up and play around with working with other decorating mediums to enhance my work. It's a slow progress. I was wondering do any of your enter in contest? If so how do you find them?
On a personal note: How did you know your skill level was at the point it needed to be in order to enter into a contest?
Truthfully , entering competitions is a good way to improve your skills . I have found the feedback and usually constructive criticism to be very useful in honing my craft.
Working to a criteria also challenges you and makes you think differently about a project as well.
I entered my first comp not long after I started decorating . Each comp I enter I try to better myself and I also learn something.
Just give it a go . You never know until you try.
Chellescakes and K8memphis,
Thanks you both for your advice! I guess I just need to put my big girl panties on and do it. LOL
AGoogle Sugar Zen blog as well, probably some of the best advice about the subject out there.
I love entering competitions. The ICES website is a good place to find local shows. The feedback from the judges is great. It's so much fun to create whatever you want (although narrowing it down to a single design can be hard ). Here's what I find is one of the best things about a competition, you can see how you compare to decorators at your own experience level when you enter divisionals.
I started entering competitions because when I first started decorating, there was no Cottage Food Law in Colorado and I simply wanted more opportunities to make cakes. My first ever entry in a contest was at the State Fair and I got 3rd place.
I agree with AZCouture re: the Sugar Zen blog. Great info.