Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Hot air balloon
- 24 August 2022
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Now, after years of extensive research
And... I have conducted the surveys (mostly polite small talk with strangers in elevators- in my defense- it is perfectly ok here where I live, to have a quick chat about the weather, in fact considered rude not to)
I have done controlled experiments (involving ice cream, mainly)
And have done field observation (people watch, at the place where I get the ice cream or the above mentioned elevators when there's no need for small talk)
The data is in: summer is, in fact, mostly hot air. And I am happy to report I saw an autumn leaf fluttering by my design room yesterday.
hot air (noun informal) empty talk intended to impress
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Carefully bubble out a tied bunch of grass to make a cavity to display gorgeous flowers.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Create a sheltered or veiled design by framing the outer edge of your armature (in this case thick cardboard) with long strands of grass
Keep all the fresh flower material hydrated in water by weaving the stems from one side of the vase to the other.
Snip, roll and glue a few blades of grass to create a design feature
Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature in a way that you can place the stems in two vases to keep it hydrated.
Tulips continue to grow as they open. This means you not only have to be mindful of their proportions as they are now... but also as they will be once open.
A single stem of lilies turned into a celebration just by twirling a handful of lily grass around it.
A cool and minimal floral design for summer.
Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin
Curl and secure a few blades of flax into a bubble to frame your flowers
Hook the calla lilies over the edge of a vase to create a support for your taller floral details.
An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.
A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.
Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display
This is a great "space-keeper" design. The tulip will continue to grow into the vase height as they open... but until then the grass platform part of the design diverts your...
Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.