My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Ichi-go, ichi-e

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.Poised and graceful.

The deep dusky pink Calla lilies and a single Phalaenopsis orchid look as if they were leisurely steeped in the late summer sun.

Floral art design Each Moment, Only Once

Three Calla lilies curve under and out of the water bending low in front of the Phalaenopsis orchid.

Crossing the calla stems

I crossed the calla lily stems at both sides so that they seem to disappear when you look at the design directly from the front. This also wedges the lilies firmly into place. The orchid seems to be floating, untouched just behind the three stems. Look in my Tutorials to see how I place and keep the orchid exactly where I want it, under water.

Water line of Each Moment, Only Once design

I fill the vase nearly to the rim when I do understated glass work. That way I eliminate even the distraction created by the water level line and you really only look at the graceful flowers within the clear vase.

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30 August 2011 Curving Calla Lilies

Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem

30 August 2011 Suspending and positioning a Phalaenopsis orchid under water

Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

22 May 2012 Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

Favourite Flowers


Calla Lily, Arum Lily


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

7 October 2015 Down-bubble

Add grass "bubbles" that can be repositioned to your design

4 January 2017 New Year's Wreath

Decorate an artificial wreath with fresh flowers and frosted twigs

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem

17 January 2018 Flowering Between a Rock and a Hard place

Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

11 April 2018 Follow the line

Stack a few glass containers and fill each with water to a different level.

16 May 2018 It goes like this...

Gently curve plant material.

10 July 2019 These are my favourite summer things:

A submerged design... perfect for summertime designing... and enjoying!

4 March 2020 All Aboard!

Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.

27 January 2021 Knot how it was supposed to go

When you figure out the "how to" tricks of manipulating plant material it is possible to respectfully set them into seemingly impossible new directions.

11 May 2022 Is this new…?

Giving old ideas a new twist to refresh it for Spring

3 August 2022 It's a Heatwave!

Deep water design for extremely warm weather.