Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
A lesson in letting be
Don’t fight it… just let it be.
Accept that the upside bottom vase has a lip around the edge… and let it be so.
Accept that the vase on it’s side rests on this lip to keep its balance… and let it be so.
Accept that the vase requires just so much water to balance on its side… and let it be so.
Accept that the flower spike is top heavy and will topple out of that just enough water if you don’t balance the stem length… and let it be so.
Accept that the stem needs to kick against the bottom of the vase to remain hydrated… and let it be so.
Accept that the Phalaenopsis flower has this elegant curve behind it’s throat and needs that to be slipped over the edge of the vase… and let it be so.
Utilizing those not so obvious characteristics of your design details to make a minimal clear glass summer floral design.
Give new life to an old vase by turning and balancing it on it's side. It's actually easier than it looks... and it looks super impressive!
If you know my work you have probably seen me do this: I float flowers using a tiny bubble wrap skirt... this time I am floating an entire design on it's own bubble wrap raft.
Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Add a leaf to a large-ish vase to create a small puddle of water for your short flower stem to rest in.
Slip a leaf into the gap between two glass containers to keep it upright... and add a plastic lining to support the flowers nestled into it.
Cut a small wedge out of a stack of waxy leaves to keep the flower and twig in place.
Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.
Add design elements that serves a purpose for a minimal summer inspired floral design.
Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.
This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor
The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.