Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
All Pumpkind Out
- 9 November 2022
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All the pumpkins seem to have… -kind
the leaves… left.
Now the trees are starting to show some baubles instead.
The crisp air is positively glistening...
Making something (not so far away) go gling-a-ling, gling-a-ling…
While we are left to puzzle the most urgent puzzler of the season:
Those “all the trimmings” that you have so lovingly gathered.. take them to the compost heap as autumn treasures or inside as Christmas decorations???
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Carefully stack dried physalis berry husks to craft a long lasting pumpkin that you can refresh with fresh flowers and vines.
Cut the sepal from the fruit
Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with
Glue newsprint paper to balloons to make large egg shaped containers to design in
I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets...
Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .
Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design
Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature
Cover a mask shape with moss and succulents for a long wearing mask
Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.
Cover Styrofoam with leaf snippets to create a gift box design
This orchid developed at the very end of a long stem... right as the rest of the flowers started to die back so I made a special armature to display the cut stem.
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.
Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design
This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting.