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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

It’s one and a half to two times... but to the side

It’s one and a half to two times... but to the side floral art design

Aaah… those good old design rules.

Soft minimalist design for fall

All our directives to construct

Soft minimalist way of displaying autumn leaves

… artistic prescriptions

How to make a copper wire leaf for an fall flower arrangement

stipulation to make

Easy way to create a professional looking autumn leaf display

guidelines to hatch

Fall leaf craft with copper wire

the totally unbreakable, totally bendable laws to create.

The Effortless Floral Craftsman Book by Christine de Beer

Note: this week I show you the Tutorial for the wire leaf shown in my book on page 14 (Hint: ... if you want a sneak peek you can page through that section for free on Amazon)

And in my Newsletter I am curious to hear your opinion on rules in trendy designs. I am a huge fan of rules, as a rule. So much so that there is an entire chapter on rules in my book in which I show you how I make sure what I am following is actually a rule (and not just a trend or a personal preference) and how I judge whether I still need to follow it… or when I am better off disregarding it. (Chapter: Testing the Rules page 267)

Order your copy of my book the effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature:
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... to name just a few.

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25 September 2019 Beaded wire Leaf

This week I show you the Tutorial for the wire leaf shown in my book on page 14 ... this time in copper.

25 September 2019 Spin a tiny glue bead around a thin stem to secure it at an angle in a design

This is a trick for attaching fine details at exactly the right angle.

8 June 2016 Stripping bark from willow sticks

Strip the green bark from the stems to expose the smooth wood

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

8 June 2016 Popsicle Stick Square Armature

Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

2 May 2018 Radiating rainbow vine armature

Design an armature that is light enough to be carried by two flower stems to create a radiating frame.

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

25 March 2020 How to lay a little bit low

A flat-lay to celebrate finally finding the perfect way to dry passion fruit flowers... and my book's first birthday but mostly the drying of passion fruit flowers thing.

4 November 2020 Because that is just how I roll

A tumbling fall leaf design making use of the autumn leaves that are already falling to the ground.

17 September 2014 Still

My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

2 May 2018 Over the rainbow

Craft a radiating design that suspends from the orchid stems

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.