Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
I have news... and news. Actually I have news inside my news. Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled #FreestyleFreesia
Here is the extended version of the video- you can see the original on the
Flower Factor Facebook page
#FreestyleFreesia design video for Flower Factor
… and then my news in my news: Did you notice my book in the background of the video? I am pretty sure there is an utterly cool way to tell your flower friends the title of your book… but I couldn’t wait one more week!
Yes, my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature is done. And by done I mean D.O.N.E.
After years of writing and designing, hours of positioning pictures and squinting at computer screens- and even a false start at printing where we quickly realized that the format was all wrong… this is exactly what a book about craftsmanship should look like!
So much love, passion, dedication and an embarrassing amount of happy-frustrated-happy tears went into this to get it just so.
And here we are. Over the next few weeks I will show you more. More to read and more to watch and more to share (and please share the #EffortlessFloralCraftsman with all your flower friends)
If you look in the top right corner of this page you will see my shop is now open. I am taking preorders for signed copies of my special craftsmanship edition hardcover book. The hardcover book will also be on preorder on Amazon from September 2018 and the ebook format will be exclusively available from, and also on preorder on, Amazon . The official release date for both formats is November 2018, with the paperback copy coming out in mid 2019 and those will be widely available at online retailers.
Note: I will be sending out books on a first preorder-first received basis when I receive my advance copies in September. So you might just get a copy before November! I will, however, only have a few copies to mail before the official release date so if you want a book earlier reserve your copy as soon as possible.
... and see below for the bonus Tutorial for this week: Kenzan Foliage Cover-up, as promised.
Did you see???
Caught a glimpse? A gape? A gawk? a peek, a peep, a peer, maybe?
Take a gander? A glare?
Could you spot it? A scan? A sight? A spy or a stare?
Detect? Discern? Discover? Determine?
Could you ferret my news out or did you simply find?
Reconnoiter? Or ponder or probe? I am so excited… did you see!?!
Glue short sections of rosary vine into the natural gaps in the Monstera deliciosa leaf
Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf
Frost a few twigs to craft a delicate armature for fragrant freesias
Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor
The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.
Keep flower stems upright with a folded cellophane plastic support that looks like cracked ice.
Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase
Weave an all natural net to place over a vase to keep your flowers above water.
Position foliage to create a smaller, shallow pond for your floral details to shelter in.
Adding just a little something to a bud vase design to connect them... and make it special.
... a something to look forward to design that makes you lean in closer to see what might still be.
Easy support for a single flower... and knot a special secret admirer just to keep it company.
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!
Criss-cross corset style connect the gaps in a Monstera deliciosa leaf
This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration