Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
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- 14 April 2021
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There’s so much going on (and recently a flower shortage sprinkled on top of it all) it can easily feel like making something pretty is swimming against the stream.
How to remain inspired and keep improving your craft?
My strategy is to give myself a break.
When things get tough I take a step back and see it as my time to revisit my absolute favourite ideas to find how I can make it just a little bit better.
This way I am halfway there even before I begin to design!
It is absolutely possible to keep your creative enthusiasm alive because you are inspired by the things you naturally gravitate to and already love to create.
And there it is… before you know it you’ve made something pretty with what you’ve got left… yay YOU!
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Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves
Craft a pretty little critter by threading dried blossoms onto a wire.
Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.
My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass
Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.
Beautiful blossoms don’t NEED much to make it into a lovely design. But the start of Spring might just inspire you to add a bit much… just because it makes you happy.
Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container
A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect
The only thing I needed to make these avocado green arums perfect was a small admirer...
Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.
Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...
Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor
Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.