Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!
From this point… out
Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.
Gladiolus stems can be cut into sections so that it appears natural and well groomed.
The teeth of a Kenzan (or pin cushion) is rather sharp. Here is a pain free way of pushing down the plant material into the teeth to keep it securely in place.
Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan
This looks spectacular but it is the easiest composite flower to make
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...
A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.
An early Spring design with a twist on using an old favourite: composite flowers.
Use the petals of your flower to cleverly keep all the other floral details of your design firmly in place.
A take your time and mindfully craft a pretty design to celebrate the summer solstice- it is officially summer here in Canada.
I am launching something new this month. I am teaming up with Plant Something BC, our local government and the landscape and nursery societies here in British Columbia, Canada and...
A spring spiral design... with a hint of a root nest. Easy to do
A small design to display those last Spring snippets from your garden...
A bit of a rethink as the season is getting ready to change. How can I give my design idea a fresh twist?
It's the little sun-washed coloured hints that makes you look again to see if you really saw what you thought you saw... yes! There really are signs of autumn everywhere!
Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower
My fourth design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting