The Zinnia of the Wilton Course 1
I struggled for 3 months, trying to do the zinnia from the Wilton Course 1. The problem was that we had put our house on the market right after I took the course. With so many showings of our house, practice wasn't possible. Also, looking at the book just didn't help me. I forgot a lot.
I got confused when the book said to move the bag up and down. Which way was up? Horizontal or vertical?
In frustration, I reached out to my teacher. Thankfully, she still helped me. She said that the motion is that of a zigzag! So up and down is horizontal, not vertical. Also, she showed me that my 45 degree angle was too low--probably 30 degrees. Lastly, I wasn't reaching over the center circle to make my zinnia. With the method I was using, the petals went downward.
As soon as my teacher showed me the right position, it all made sense. I'm posting this so that I won't lose the video. Perhaps it will help others also. There wasn't anything like it on YouTube.
Zinnia, How to Video
For the daisy, same 45 degree angle. Make short strokes at 12 o'clock. Let up a little as come toward the center. Flow, glide; flow, glide. The glide is the less pressure, just like the tail of a shell.