Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
bent and broken,
Quote by Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)
A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered
Use the skeleton petals of hydrangeas to create blossoms
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
Remove the pulp from leaves so that only the vain framework remain
Remove the pulp from the papery pod (sepal) covering the little berry of Chinese lantern plant so that only the vain framework remain
Cover a balloon with skeleton leaves to create a cocoon
You can use any type of paper to make flowers. I use tissue paper, Crêpe paper, cardboard, newsprint and coffee filters (new and used) to make sweet peas, carnations, paper...
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle
The first design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
My book launch demonstration was hosted by my flower-buddies from the Capilano Flower Arranging Club. We looked at what influences our own effortless style... that "thing" that...
Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...
A flat-lay to celebrate finally finding the perfect way to dry passion fruit flowers... and my book's first birthday but mostly the drying of passion fruit flowers thing.
Connect small wreaths to create a pretty summer armature to arrange your flowers on.
Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.
Whipped up to be light in the Spring breeze wreath design.
Wire dried pepper berries to a wreath with super fancy flat wire (okay... it's the humble wire from a copper pot scrubber but it still looks fancy!)
That incredible moment when you realize that one good idea for your design really is enough...
This design requires a bit of prep-time so it is perfect to make while waiting for the first autumn leaf to appear…
Keep you fresh plant material hydrated in water... and your dried plant material suspended to keep it from falling into the water.
Using fresh twigs to bind a little twig platform to suspend the beautiful orchids from.
I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and...
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...