Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
In my book I describe “effortless designing” as what happens when we have done our preparations, learned and practiced our techniques and are now crafting our work. We can forget all about concentrating on “perfect” technique and our talent takes over. Our work just seems to happen effortlessly when we are designing in our own authentic style.
For my cover design I wanted to capture that moment of effortless designing. You have just placed the last detail into a design. It is crafted in your authentic, effortless style. And it turned out just a little bit better than you thought possible… which really is the goal, isn't it?
So... here we go... this is how I crafted my design... and you will see my “that moment” just after, captured for the cover of my book: the effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature.
I always take a few moments… yes, with a few sips of coffee, to look at my design when I am done.
A quick retrospective to learn, but also to appreciate.
We create with the most extraordinarily beautiful medium- that is worthy of taking a moment!
I used drying Fiddlehead Ferns to create the black tendrils to emphasize the unusually delicate Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia flower heads.
I am so happy with how it turned out. It has an almost dream-like quality to it. I wanted the design to be very "me" and at the same time I wanted the design, and not me, to be the focal point. This one design picture needed to capture what I am trying to say in the entire book. Uncluttered and minimal but still intricate. And truly my effortless floral craftsman design moment. Designing for a cover is a lot of pressure!
You guys are amazing! But like… amazingly, amazing. The first batch of the advance special craftsmanship edition books sold out within hours. Thank you so, so much. I signed, wrapped and mailed off a book to everyone on the list. Your book is on it’s way… or do you have your copy already!?!
If you want to make sure you are first in line for one of the second batch of advance books, please pre order your copy as soon as possible. I will again sign, wrap and mail out these books the moment I get them. The binders promised it will be ready somewhere between next week or the week after.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board
In my book I describe “effortless designing” as what happens when we have done our preparations, learned and practiced our techniques and are now crafting our work. We can forget...
Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!
Last Wednesday I had such a flowery fun evening teaching a collaborative floral carpet workshop focusing on braiding and weaving ideas from my book the effortless floral craftsman...
Some picture highlights from our collaborative workshop that I taught focusing on braiding and weaving techniques to create a floral carpet design.
Soft minimal... this is exactly the kind of design I place in our apartment. Use a few fall treasures picked up on a walk and add a copper leaf to up the effort and love you add...
Deceptively simple. A design that relies on you working with not against what is already there.
Add design elements that serves a purpose for a minimal summer inspired floral design.
Snip and grow willow to create a Spring new growth support for your tall flower stems.
Pull tab support for "canned" Calla lilies and bunny-tail grass.
… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition
Yes, this Coil slip on sandals design is in my book: the effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature ... it is also the first design from the...
Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...
Criss-cross corset style connect the gaps in a Monstera deliciosa leaf
My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine