Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
When Autumn Fall
- 6 September 2011
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The flower market is stocked with berries and pods and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
And even though autumn officially starts on September 23 you can already feel it in the air and slowly coloured leaves are fluttering to the ground
Its a temptation to great to resist. I just had to gather an entire basket full of leaves to make my composite rose.
Poppy seed heads (Papaver somniferum) and the pistils of Lisianthus (Eustoma) flowers are arranged on a twig and lily grass collar. The composite rose is made from Katsura Tree (Cercidyphyllum japonica) leaves
The poppy seed heads are in water filled test tubes. The bit of weight on the ends of the seed heads helped to balance them as they hanged over the design.
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I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...
Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.
A t-wire create a stem to insert grass or twigs to shadow a design without laying flat
My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
My article and Japanese paper flower armature design featured in the March issue of The Academy Leader- Academy of Floral Design, published by the The Floral Art Society of New...
Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips
This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack
Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.
Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?
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.
Floral styling using mostly dried material that will last the entire Autumn.
Soft minimal Fall armature making it easy to replace the flowers as the season progress.
An early Spring design with a twist on using an old favourite: composite flowers.
Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.
The dry wheat stems are suspended from the outside of the container so that they remain dry and the flower stems can gently rest inside to remain hydrated.
Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.
A glued snipped to create a cooling cone for dangling orchids
Glue a band of snow dusted twigs to create a delicate armature for winter treasures.
This orchid developed at the very end of a long stem... right as the rest of the flowers started to die back so I made a special armature to display the cut stem.