Private Instruction Menu

There is so much to learn! Explore the Sugar Flowers and Decorating Techniques and note the options that are most appealing to you. Once your Private Instruction session is reserved, work directly with Maggie to design a curriculum focused on your top priorities.


Maggie Austin Signature Flowers

Using Maggie's (perfect) homemade gumpaste, learn sugar flower construction, dusting, taping, and arrangement along with custom gel color mixing and advanced techniques for soft and natural-looking flowers.

Classic Rose: The most requested (and most daunting) of all the flowers. Learn various sizes, support systems, and degrees of bloom.

David Austin Rose: A many-layered signature flower popular with high-budget clients. Learn the technique and explore multiple variations.

Peony: This big, fluffy statement flower is perfect for clients sticking to a budget. Learn closed and exposed stamen varieties as well as the super fast and easy buds.

Hydrangea: The workhorse flower. Perfect for adding dimension and movement, gracefully satisfying a tricky color palette (and hiding all manner of sins!). 

Café au Lait Dahlia: Trending flower for bigger budgets. Time-consuming, but makes a stunning statement.

Roselings & Peonettes: Petite trailing versions of roses and peonies artfully perched on branches.

Orchids: Notoriously finicky but clean and beautiful. Learn two varieties as well as buds and branch construction.

Ranunculus: Paper-thin and multi-layered, this flower is particularly beautiful in profile.

Various Fruits: Blueberries, blackberries, grapes, cherries, apples, kumquats, oranges, and apricots.

Leaves and Branches: Learn leaf techniques combined with delicate (yet sturdy) branches that are key to arranging with movement and drama.

Additional Blooms: 
  • Clematis
  • Alstroemeria
  • Cala Lily
  • Bearded Iris
  • Magnolia
  • Sunflower
  • Tulip Magnolia
  • Parrot Tulip
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Star Gazer Lily
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Flowering Stalks
  • Daffodil
  • Gardenia
  • Lunaria 
  • Anemone
  • Daisy
  • Camelia
  • Jasmine
  • Succulent
  • Foxglove
  • Dogwood
  • Lisianthus
  • Poppy
  • Lilac
  • Carnation
  • Hellebore

     Maggie Austin Signature Decorating Techniques

    Working with faux tiers, learn successful practices for advanced mixed media techniques, practical troubleshooting strategies, inspiring creative exercises. Plus, engaging discussions about design, color palette, and sketching.

    Frills: All variations... CelPin, Dresden tool, papery edge, ribbon-wrap, mottled, ombré, and gathered.

    Rosettes: Variations on size, finished edge, dusting, whole tier vs. accents.

    Pearls: Whole tier, borders, hand-rolled, freshwater (baked), application and placement. 

    Handpainting: Watercolor, sponge, bold botanical, stained glass, Impressionist. 

    Moulding: Bas-relief, trailing appliqués, and free-form.

    Wafer Paper: Paper-punched, hand-cut, layered, dimensional, painted, and encrusted. 

    Edible Film: Folded, dusted, layered for maximum softness, volume and movement.

    Floral Appliqué: Natural, ombré, or embellished non-wired flowers shaped, veined and applied.