Realistic Gumpaste Eucalyptus - Gunni Variety
May 31, 2018
I think one can recreate a good realistic likeness of flowers or foliage solely from images, but I also think that the process becomes much easier when you have an actual 'specimen' if you will for study and dissection if applicable.
I think this helped me tremendously for this project.
Things I observed in actual Gunni Eucalyptus:
each leaf has several color gradations
the pods have a very distinctive shape
the smaller the leaves, the smaller the pairs are spaced apart
the spacing increases as the leaves get larger
the leaves tend to not lie straight but can curve down, upwards, be a bit wavy at sides, etc.
the leaves have a somewhat copper colored edge
leaves can have heavy 'wax' on their leaves to having almost none in the same branch
Realistic gumpaste eucalyptus branches .
... these are just a few observations but noting such things in flowers and foliage helps increase the realistic element in your sugar creations.
You can learn how to make these branches in our Tutorials - Sugar Flowers and Foliage section - click here.
A snippet of how you can possibly use these sugar branches in an arrangement:
Below are images of how I often use my finger as a size reference when studying items I am unable to bring home for whatever reason. It was not too long after these images were taken that I found individual branch bouquets for sale that I then took home for study.