I've seen pictures of gorgeous gumpaste flowers that look almost real, but no matter how hard I try, I cannot get my gumpaste flowers to look like them. I use almost all Wilton fondant/gumpaste equipment and have tried 2 kinds of gumpaste - a homemade kind and a mix. The homemade dries out in seconds - I know gumpaste is supposed to dry out fast, but is it supposed to dry out in my fingertips while I knead it?? I'm not kneading in anything (no 10x, etc...) I'm just kneading it to get it pliable and warm it a little. The mix is not drying out fast enough (I've only tried the Wilton gumpaste mix so far). The mix stretches and slips on the flower stem while it's supposed to be drying. I've read where people use a mix of fondant and gumpaste - is that what I need to do?? When I made the gumpaste mix I didn't put in all of the 10x it called for because it looked good and wasn't very sticky. What should I do??
Here is the link to the homemade gumpaste recipe I used: