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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Hard!

This is the second design I did for my Just Right! Floral Art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society club meeting

Add small test tubes for the rosary vine.

My four designs explored the Goldilocks Principle and how designers can use it to keep their enthusiasm for their floral art work alive.

When we are designing, it is possible to be influenced by extremes.

Wedge the pebbles in the split of the drift wood.

On the one hand, if your work becomes predictable and you remain in your comfort zone you will become bored with your designs,or if you work in the opposite extreme and your work is always too hard to do you will become frustrated and give up.

What you want is to find your own Just right!

Design 2: Too hard!

It is our chair design. The kind of design that you need to take a "time out" to think about what exactly needs to be done.
Read my Design Note below to see why I had to work hard to find a design solution that not only looks right but also works well!

Floral art design Too hard

It is wonderful to challenge yourself but if your design is just too hard to do you will become frustrated...

Twigs succulent and driftwood design.

... and give up.

Wire twig bundles and floral foam pebbles.

Tone down your idea

Trail long strands of rosary vine down the design.

and build it up again slowly.

Floral Art demonstration design Too Hard.

When I am thinking while designing I know I am extending myself too far.

It should be a challenge but still come naturally

Design Note:
I wanted to create a long lasting design that is also ever-changing. Perfect for propagating succulent rosettes.

As a mechanic I carved a few pebbles out of charcoal grey Rainbow Oasis Floral Foam to place the succulents in. But I did not soak the floral foam in water as you would for a traditional floral design.

Succulents will stay turgid in a design and no water source is required. In fact succulents deteriorate fast when over watered.

Sand the foam pebbles smooth.

The floral foam is used as a way to suspend and propagate the succulents. But it is an added bonus that, if used correctly, it can also be a water source.

Place the design in a warm sunny spot and water the pebbles only when it is completely dry to create the ideal environment for the succulents to root.

Because the pebbles are loosely stacked into the hollowed out driftwood any extra water will slowly drain out of the floral foam and be absorbed by the unvarnished driftwood making it impossible to over water the succulents. My pebbled succulents had tiny roots within two weeks!

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19 February 2011 Pebbles

Cut and smooth pebbles out of Rainbow Oasis

27 August 2012 Banding a bundle of twigs

Create a decorative accent for the design by wrapping the twigs with pink wire to create a small bundle.

27 August 2012 Up-cycle CD base for driftwood

Stack and glue a few used CD's to create a secure base for a simple piece of driftwood

27 August 2012 Rooting Succulents in a design

Rooting succulents in Rainbow Oasis pebbles creates not only a long lasting design but also an ever changing design as you remove rooted plants to grow in pots and add those...

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

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

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