My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Blue Harlequin

The Harlequin character would never execute a straight forward action when the addition of a cartwheel, somersault, or flip could spice up the movement.

Floral Harlequin hand held design as an alternative to a corsage

An ink blue Gladiolus composite flower nestles snugly between two lily grass cones that curve nimbly into a crescent shape.

Floral Art design- Blue Harlequin.

Wired lily grass cross acrobatically in a diamond pattern to contour a cage around the flower and form a connection between the cones.

Ink blue Gladiolus composite flower

As a focal point I glued two stigmas into the composite flower to peak out of the petals

I wanted the design to have a comfortable weight. Not so light that you can barely feel it and not awkwardly heavy either- Just enough for it to curve soundly over a cupped hand.

Harlequin design in the palm of my hand.

For this I covered two floral test tubes, filled with water, as weights on either side.

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15 February 2012 Gladiolus Composite

This looks spectacular but it is the easiest composite flower to make

15 February 2012 Wire and bend foliage

Wire and bend foliage in any shape

Favourite Flowers


Gladiolus, Sword lily, Corn Lilies, gladioluses, glads, plural: gladioli

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