My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Grateful Heart

Bleeding Heart flower arrangement by florist Christine de Beer

When life (or a particularly windy day)

White Bleeding Heart flower in a floral design

hands you the perfect leaf…

Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' flower arrangement

Have

Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Alba' flower in a sustainable floral design.

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Minimal floral design ideas using a leaf

Heart!

Original floral designs for modern spaces

Too nice not to design with!

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Tutorials

25 May 2022 Give a single upright bleeding heart flower a view through a leafy hole

Flair open a leathery leaf to craft a frame a single bleeding heart flower on its long stem.

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

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

15 November 2017 Kenzan leaf rack

Line and position pretty autumn leaves.

16 June 2021 Shelter grass veil for a round container

A single lily flower design dressed up with a grass veil.

11 November 2020 Kenzan peg bark curls into a hollow and bottomless log vase

Craft a bottomless vase out of bark so that the floral stem is supported but can still stand in water to remain hydrated.

7 August 2019 A Three level Kenzan skewer stack to Radiate Gladiolus spikes flat in a shallow container

Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.

7 August 2019 Use a drinking straw to push foliage horizontally deep into a Kenzan to leave space for stems to rest on top of them

The teeth of a Kenzan (or pin cushion) is rather sharp. Here is a pain free way of pushing down the plant material into the teeth to keep it securely in place.

12 June 2019 Loop-over grass veil for a cool summer design

A cool and minimal floral design for summer.

Related Designs

8 June 2022 Make Believe

Ever seen an eucalyptus flower? This is... and is not one.

16 June 2021 Dream Rescue

Weave the most delicate grass shelter veil for a gorgeous lily.

7 January 2015 Any Which Way

Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container

1 June 2016 The ties that Bind

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.

11 November 2020 What goes around

Display a single stem flower in an Autumn leaf twirl

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.

18 February 2015 Snail Away

Spiral roll a snail to add to this sunny design