My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Look at me… doing math!

Look at me… doing math floral art design by Christine de Beer

You see, the flowers we design with start off pretty much perfect.

Earl grey gladiolus flowers

Everything else we add

Earl grey gladiolus flowers in a sustainable floral design

to our design

How to arrange Earl grey gladiolus flowers in a no foam design

subtracts from that pure flowery-ness-ness of our perfect flowers.

Earl grey gladiolus flowers and dried Quaking Grass flower arrangement diy

Which is what makes designing so fun… we start off with perfect and each of us look at this perfection and point at that something that we are uniquely wired to recognize.

As designers we then add to that something to multiply it…

How to arrange Earl grey gladiolus flowers and dried Quaking Grass in an original and contemporary way

and if we do it right our solution makes the flowers look perfect.

Perfectly… you. Perfectly... me.

(and that is... of course... what my book is all about)

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9 August 2023 Tap in support for horizontal placement of your top heavy flowers

Placing gladiolus stems horizontally so that the stems... disappear.

4 April 2018 Tap in a Twig Support

Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers

16 August 2011 Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

13 February 2019 Willow and Rose heart armature

Weave willow stems into a heart shaped armature.

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

5 August 2020 Twig float for a single lemon blossom

This design is all about that line there where the water meets the lemon blossom stem...

24 March 2021 A Spring Sprout Wreath Flower Frog

Craft an everything is still growing spring design to celebrate... what we love!

28 January 2015 Well Rooted Sprouting Willow Weave

Weave a sprouting armature

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

10 May 2017 Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

Thread leaves through wire

Favourite Flowers


Gladiolus, Sword lily, Corn Lilies, gladioluses, glads, plural: gladioli

Related Designs

17 July 2024 Refresh-ing

A tall vase for a short orchid stem summer design

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.

17 April 2013 Hide-and-go-peek

Create a soft light by making a leaf cocoon for a flameless candle

13 February 2019 Pick Love

Craft a willow heart to display 12 red roses to celebrate Valentine's Day.

5 August 2020 Spare a Moment

A tranquil design that just takes a moment to do... when you need to take a moment to... breathe.

24 March 2021 To two too!

A Spring Tulip celebration design... with a special message

27 January 2016 Well, I'll be

Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems

28 January 2015 In a State of Flow

weave some willow to use as an armature

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

10 May 2017 About a line

Skewer and line up leaves to create an armature