My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Any Which Way

Any Which Way floral art design

There’s your way

Designing in a shallow container

and my way

Orchid and pebbles

and our way

Phragmipedium longifolium orchid

and their way

Designing in a shallow container with a kenzan

and the other way

Long Leaf Phragmipedium

and a similar way

Phragmipedium orchid with twigs, pebbles and moss

and a different way

Using a traditional Ikebana Kenzan to create a shallow container design

and a nicer way

Examples of different ways to use a single pin cushion in floral design

and a worse way...

Using a Kenzan in flower arranging

but it’s still only another way

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7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

7 January 2015 So many ways to use a Kenzan to hold floral materials

How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan

16 August 2011 Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...

8 October 2014 Replacing water in a shallow container design without disturbing the design elements

Our goal as designers is to create the best environment for our flowers to stay as beautiful and fresh for as long as possible. When we condition flowers we always remove any...

22 May 2012 Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

Favourite Flowers

Phragmipedium longifolium

The Long-Leaf Phragmipedium (longifolium means long leaf), Phrag

Related Designs

1 June 2016 The ties that Bind

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

21 June 2017 Playing Favourites

A quick and easy Kenzan design

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

17 January 2018 Flowering Between a Rock and a Hard place

Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.

17 April 2019 Hopping with Excitement

A hoppingly-fun Spring design for Easter.

14 April 2021 a Yay! You

A tiny Spring detail to add to a cute little floral design.

25 May 2022 Grateful Heart

Frame a single perfect Bleeding heart flower in a leaf dot.

20 July 2022 The tiniest drop

A radiating summer design that waves in the slightest of breezes.

6 September 2023 Mother Nature’s little magic to let us know Autumn is near

It's the little sun-washed coloured hints that makes you look again to see if you really saw what you thought you saw... yes! There really are signs of autumn everywhere!