My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman


A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept

It could be the tried and tested elements and principals of design. It could be a well developed show schedule. Or it could be a gracious designer-friend (or evaluation judge) who understands your work.
Or it could be your intuition. The problem with design intuition is that it develops from past experiences. Using your intuition as a touchstone leads you to where you always go.
As you develop your design skills make sure you also renew your design intuition in the direction of where you want to go.

Floral Touchstone

Design note: Flowers like Allium and Tulips are especially well suited to be skewered.

Skewer Armature

The wounds created by the skewers divert the plants energy to healing rather than growing, perfectly preserving the curls in the stems just as you want it. The Phalaenopsis orchid is in a test tube hanging from a skewer.

Touchstone Oasis Pebbles

Touchstone Oasis Pebbles

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10 August 2011 Curl Allium stems while conditioning

Allium stems twist and turn and follow sunlight

19 February 2011 Pebbles

Cut and smooth pebbles out of Rainbow Oasis

24 August 2011 Oasis Receptacle

I rarely use Oasis as a water source. But I love to use it as a sculptural medium to carve re-usable shapes for my floral art

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

24 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

Favourite Flowers


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

10 August 2011 Pleated Pleasure

Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the...

19 April 2017 A spongy home for this octopus orchid

An unusual mechanic for a tiny orchid design

10 May 2017 About a line

Skewer and line up leaves to create an armature

25 February 2011 A Rock by any other Name...

It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.

3 April 2011 One Singular Sensation

Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.