Making the tulip leaves part one
In this lesson, Robert shows us the first stage of creating the tulip leaves. Robert doesn’t use any cutters when making leaves as he likes the freedom of using a sharp knife and creating any size or shape he likes. It’s good skill to learn and one that will save you money. A handy tool he uses is a small metal wired brush that he uses to create veins in the leaf.
Dusting the leaves and the stamens
Here Robert shows us how to mix up specific dust to create lovely realistic tones for the leaves, and then demonstrates using special brush techniques to get the best results. It’s always a good idea to do this before shaping the leaf and allowing it to dry. He then goes on to show us how to colour the stamens which will add a whole new level of realism to the overall look. Robert then glazes it which seals in all the colours. The glaze recipe is detailed on the ingredients section, as well as demonstrated in another lesson within this tutorial.
Making the pistils and the petals
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Dusting the petals
In this lesson Robert shows us how to dust the petals using a mixture of various colours to create beautifully realistic tones. Robert advises using white or cream paste when making them, as there is the temptation to use coloured paste to make dusting easier. The opposite is true however, and you’ll actually make your life easier by creating all the colours from scratch, as it gives you more control.
Attaching the petals
Here Robert shows us how to attach the petals with some great little tips and tricks to get a very natural look. Once again he uses green florist tape and thickens up certain parts to add realism. He then shares a fantastic trick for making sure everything keeps it’s shape for attaching the leaves.
In this lesson, Robert attaches the leaves and uses a very clever technique with scissors to polish the stem. This helps add texture and depth to the overall look. You’ll see why adding the cling film hat was a good idea, as he moves the flower a great deal while adding the leaves.
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- 80g Light Green Coloured Flower Paste
- 50g White Flower Paste
Paints and Dusts
- Dried albumen coloured with light brown for pollen
- White (Petal Dust)
- Grey (Petal Dust)
- Spring Green (Petal Dust)
- African Violet (Petal Dust)
- Aubergine (Petal Dust)
- Chestnut (Petal Dust)
- Nutkin Brown (Petal Dust)
- Buttercup (Petal Dust)
- Primrose (Petal Dust)
- Frosted iris(Petal Dust)
- Plum(Petal Dust)
- White Vegetable Fat
- Edible Glue
- Corn Flour
- Paper Towel
- Kitchen Foil
- Nile Light Green Floristry Tape
Recipe For Glaze
- Isopropyl Alcohol 75 % + confectioners liquid glaze 25 % = (¼ glaze) strength for petals & leaves that require no shine
See course notes on lesson 4 to find out about the veiners and moulds used.
- Craft Knife
- Mini Palette Knife
- Wire Texturing Brush
- Various Sizes of painting brushes
- Tulip Leaf
- Tulip petal veiner set from
- Sugar Flower Studio tulip pistil set of 3 moulds
- Ball Tools
- Dresden Tool
- Scriber Tool
- Corn Flour Dusting Bag
- Non Stick Board
- Non Slip Mat
- Stay Fresh Mat or Plastic Folder
- Non Stick Petal Flower Pad
- Non Stick Rolling Pin (Small)
- Paint Palette
- Oasis to support the project
- Curved Fine Tip Scissors
- Mini Pliers
- Smooth Edged Angled Tweezers
Looks too good to eat, doesn't it? Robert introduces us to his stunningly realistic Lilac Wonder Tulip. Intermediate to advanced level cake decorators will love this tutorial, and should allow take two to three days to create, allowing for drying time.
This design, as you may have noticed, doesn't actually contain any cake - but it does make an incredible cake decoration or topper. Imagine a simple white cake with this beautiful tulip sat on top - perfect for a wedding or any special occasion. Robert's edible flowers have even been known to be part of a bride's bouquet... that's how realistic they can be!
This tutorial covers many different skills including working freehand and using more advanced tools than cutters, advanced dust work, creating fine detail with everyday objects, various ways to glaze for different finishes and much more.
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