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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Floral Fable: Mood Design

This is the first design I did for my A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club .
The demonstration explores ways to add small floral details to tell your own floral fable or simply express yourself with floral art.

With every design I will demonstrate one concept, thought or idea and by just slightly changing a few of the floral ingredients the design flips over into its contrast.

The moral of our first fable is: You can change your mood as fast as you can change your mind.

A Floral Fable restrained mood design

We begin our design in a thoughtful...

Two palm leaf grasshoppers meditating in a twig nest with spiralled tulips.


Meditative Floral Fable design

and meditative mood.

And then...

Reflex the tulip petals to create a exuberant and youthful and playful design .

it changes to exuberant...

Palm leaf butterflies with dried lily petal wings fly into the design.

and youthful...

A playful mood Floral Fable design.

and playful

A floral Fable mood design- spiral closed tulips.

In my thoughtful, restrained and meditative mood design I used tulips in tight bud, green papery Physalis pods (sepals) and grasshoppers woven from a palm leaf.

A Floral Fable mood design- reflex tulip petals.

Then to change it into an exuberant and youthful and playful design I added a few open tulips, reflexed and replaced the green Physalis pods with orange pods. The grasshoppers got wings to become butterflies to fly into the happy design.

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5 January 2011 Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

3 March 2011 Reflex Tulip Petals

Tulip petals can be opened or reflexed to create a fuller bloom

7 December 2011 Glue a forest filigree twig wreath

This wreath is not woven but glued to create a see-through forest filigree

21 March 2012 Where to cut Tulips to condition

Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly

21 March 2012 BoutStix Floral Magnets as stabilizing weight for light accessories

Sometimes tiny accessories can be too light to neatly place in a design and needs a bit of weight to stabilize it.

23 March 2012 Drying Physalis sepals

Every Autumn we see the beautiful Physalis pods everywhere but they are easy to dry and preserve to use year round.

Favourite Flowers




Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry

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