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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

I am a fan!

Some design advice....

Ok… but then I will make it better floral art design by Christine de Beer


Traditional book folding craft


Fall design using a book as an armature

fall apart…

Sustainable floristry ideas and Tutorial

pick up those pieces

Fold a book to display your garden flowers for autumn

and use it to make stuff even better.

Not just good design advice... all round good advice, I think.

... and then...Flower buddies, I have news:

I have been working on a fun floral surprise for you for 2024… but first I have book news: Come 2024, my Effortless Floral Craftsman book will become the heart for all my floral art training (you might have noticed hints of that in my design posts the last few months) and with that in mind the book itself will also get a “super fan” makeover. I am replacing the print on demand Design Room Edition and the Craftsmanship Edition with a handcrafted Collector's Edition book package.

Editions of the effortless floral craftsman book

Let me explain why I decided to do so: Firstly, we have reached a tipping point. Most of us now have our copy and are ready for something new. When designing to inspire a large group, like you guys, the biggest challenge is to offer something that will inspire new designers and experts at least every other week. But for that we need to assume a certain level of floral know-how. That’s where my book comes in. If all of us have a copy of the book on our desk we can use it as a reference… and level up to the fun new stuff.

But there is another reason. I always want to exceed your expectations. The main reason why I did not go with a conventional publisher was because I did not want to offer a watered down version of this book. I wanted to offer you the absolute best I can. I did not cut a single corner designing for it. I am so proud of everything that went into this book. But I had to fight hard for it to even exist… Every. Step. Of. The. Way. I think you would agree, it is such an enormous book with an enormous amount of full coloured pictures. It has to be carefully bound and printed on the best quality thick paper that can accommodate all those full colour pictures on both sides. I absolutely understand that it is a challenge for the printers and binders to keep it all together. Conventional publishers would never, ever, ever “allow” me to create this! A book like this is way too expensive and difficult for them to mass produce. Which really is the whole argument for creating it.

Effortless Floral Craftsman book cover

My vision was to offer you a book that was beautiful in a handcrafted old-world-book-beautiful way. The Craftsmanship Edition of the book is hand stitched and bound by a small company using techniques and equipment that is over 130 years old! I thought I would probably sell a few hundred copies. But you exceeded my expectations and the demand for a copy became too high for the bookbinders to keep up, crafting each book by hand… and if they spilled a single drop of glue (see this week’s design) the book was ruined! Added to this, I cringed to charge readers what it cost to ship such a heavy book. The next step was to negotiate the highest quality, print on demand Design Room Edition so that I could also offer free shipping through booksellers like Amazon to bring down the cost for you. Ironically, both books cost roughly the same to produce though with printing and binding being more expensive for the Craftsmanship Edition and the markup of the Booksellers balancing things out on the artist quality, print on demand Design Room Edition.

Transparent pricing

But recently... For the first time ever someone commented that the bookbinders who prepare my Design Room Edition of my book are (in spite of or maybe because of my willingness to do my best and absorb the rising cost for the absolute best quality they offer without pushing up the price for you, the reader) cutting corners. More than anything this is a dealbreaker for me. You deserve a perfectly bound book! I worked so hard to make that for you. It breaks my heart to think someone will receive a book on craftsmanship that is badly crafted like what I am told is happening with the Design Room Edition. Unlike with the Craftsmanship Edition there is no way for me to make sure they send out the quality we paid for and even worse… they gave me their word!

Make over for the Effortless Floral craftsman book

So, over the next few months I will phase out this Design Room edition of the book and instead reduce the price of the ebook. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed, and that includes not being able to find/afford a copy. We can work on finding a solution, so please let me know if this causes difficulty for you. You can download a copy of the book (with a free reader app) from : Amazon
If you would prefer to have a look at the ebook first before buying you can read the first 38 pages for free or ask them to send you a free sample to test if the ebook will work for you.

… and like I said… come 2024 new fun floral things are rolling out. The handcrafted Collector's Edition of the book will give me the opportunity to upgrade your book package (whether you are a first time buyer or ready for a new copy, passing your old one on to someone else) … from my design room to yours.

And I will show you what I have created for you as a follow up to The Effortless Floral Craftsman book.

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13 September 2023 Traditional book folding craft technique turned into an armature… with a me twist

Fold a book into a floral armature... with tricks there to keep the floral material hydrated and suspended.

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

14 October 2013 Paperback Book Pumpkin

Cut and stain paperback books to make a pumpkin armature

7 May 2014 Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

26 November 2014 Sticks stuck in a ground covered foundation

Glue potting soil to polystyrene to create a natural looking armature

6 November 2019 Dancing fall leaves... on a stick

Spike fall leaves and water tubes to create a minimal radiating autumn display

26 October 2016 Folded Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath Armature

Glued Baby's Breath Wreath, folded in half to create a moon shaped armature

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

4 July 2018 Bundle Support

Tie a bundle of lily grass in a bundle to offer support for your flowers.

26 April 2023 New growth Spring frog

Willow cutting left in water will root and sprout... perfect for a all natural flower frog to admire as is or to keep long stem flowers upright.

7 May 2014 Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

Favourite Flowers


Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

14 October 2013 All To Myself

Cut and stain old books to create a paperback nook pumpkin armature

19 September 2018 Before I show you my book- let me show you my book

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

25 September 2018 Book cover design: the effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature

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...

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

26 November 2014 Late Autumn Early Christmas.

Glue a ground foundation for a late autumn design

6 November 2019 Dance lessons from the Autumn leaves

A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

4 July 2018 Wonder

Tie a bundle of grass to support your floral details

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

26 April 2023 Oh So Me

Snip and grow willow to create a Spring new growth support for your tall flower stems.

7 May 2014 Serendipity

Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques

19 May 2021 In the little gap

Use the petals of your flower to cleverly keep all the other floral details of your design firmly in place.

11 November 2012 Leaves by Hundreds came

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn