Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques
This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting
I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art designs using the same design techniques and I incorporated my three techniques, where possible, in the other designs just to show how versatile they are.
A veneer refers to a thin layer of flat sheets or chips or chopped up hard and dry material that is glued onto panels or shapes to give it an altered appearance, added strength, makes it light weight or adds an appearance of greater value.
My Floral Craft design: Bark Veneer Cardboard Floral Cake
For my bark veneer cardboard cake design I demonstrated how to layer cardboard and cover it with bark using wood glue, giving the stack the appearance of a log or chocolate cake.
The wood glue also seals the cardboard and adds strength to the design.
Reindeer moss, Hellebore flowers, Lichen covered twigs, Rosary vine and dried mushrooms decorate the cake
My Floral Art Design: Sharp Edged Arc Armature
I then showed how the same veneer technique can be used to create a sharp-edged arc armature for a floral art design.
Again I dressed the design with Reindeer moss, Hellebore flowers, Lichen covered twigs, Rosary vine and dried mushrooms.
Every flower nestles in its own tiny test tube so that it can stay fresh for as long as possible
Thin wire tendrils and whisper butterflies add sparkle to the design
Bark chip veneer is a great way to create precise shapes that looks natural but can't be found in nature.
Glue a stack of cardboard circles to create a log-like floral cake
I use edible mushrooms in my designs. To preserve them I press a tiny stake into the base and let them air-dry.
Acetate is the clear plastic mostly used for packaging design. It is thicker than cellophane and holds its shape much better.
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
A quick and easy way to make a cardboard cake stand
This is an overview of the Floral Art and Craft Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club. I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art...
Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature
Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design
My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.
A cascade of orchids growing over a slice of wood. Easy to design... and even easier to maintain!
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box gift bag wreath… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes...
oh yes, a light an airy design showing off those very first autumn leaves.
Using dried floral material is so trendy right now. But the longer lasting the design elements the more effort you have to put in to stop it from looking lifeless.
A physalis husk pumpkin to celebrate the last bright rays of Autumn.
Glow and sparkle bark armature to celebrate the first signs of Autumn
Tall and velvety Christmas tree... with a starlight garland
A glimmer is the opposite of a trigger... a little uplift. For this design I am lifting up my happiness by starting a tiny mossarium... but enjoying it as a design while it is in...
Roll birch bark into a double spiral to cradle some perfect flowers to admire all winter.
This was my design for The Capilano Flower Arranging Club workshop. We were exploring designs using all things edible: fruit, vegetables and a bit of herbs.