My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Reflex Rose Rose Hip… Rose

Fill a large shallow container with water

Fill a large shallow container with water.

Tape a grid over the container with clear tape

Tape a grid over the container with clear tape.

This is one of our foundation techniques. If you want to learn more about tape grids that support flowers see the detailed Tutorial below.

Carefully pop the outer petals of a rose over to open it more

Carefully reflex or pop the outer petals of a rose over to open it more.

This technique works best with more mature flowers

This technique works best with more mature flowers...

Start at the base of the flower and "pop" the petals inside out to "reflex" them into a fuller flower

Make sure the flowers are at room temperature. Then start at the base of the flower and "pop" the petals inside out to "reflex" them into a fuller, more open flower. The technique will in no way change the vase life of the flowers.

Arrange the flowers so that the flower heads are supported on the taped grid and the stems are in the water below so that the flowers remain hydrated.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to reflex flowers.

Slip a long rosehip stem into the vase

Slip a long rosehip stem into the vase at an angle...

And curve the stem to weave around that side of the container.

And curve the stem to weave around that side of the container.

The idea is to mimic the shape of the roses by placing the rosehips to form petals. I explain more in this week's email how I added every detail to enhance the rosy-ness of the roses. You can sign up for the email below this post. I send out only one email a week, on Wednesday morning (Vancouver time) to let you know when the new design is ready... and to explain one tiny detail or tip so that we can start a conversation. Feel free to reply to the email to say hi, comment or ask questions.

Add in the next stem and start to weave the hips to keep them in place

Add in the next stem and start to weave the hips to keep them in place.

... this is a bit harder to do than just simply weaving. You have to be mindful of creating "petals" with the stems. I combined manipulating the stems with interweaving. Book readers turn to page 284 for more detailed How-To's.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

... but to get you started I have also linked a few Tutorials below to explain a bit more about weaving... and interweaving.

Reach into the container and lift out the hips so that they do not droop into the container

Reach into the container and lift out and rearrange the hips so that they do not droop sadly into the container. Use other stems or the tape to support the heavy hips.

Keep adding hips but arrange them in the same direction

Keep adding hips but arrange them in the same direction so that they move your eyes from roses... to roses... around and around the design.

Once all the stems are arranged to spiral around the half of the container reach in with tweezers

Once all the stems are arranged to spiral around the half of the container reach in with tweezers to lift out any lost hips.

This part is so important. Any stuck rosehips pointing downwards give the impression that the design is drooping or wilting. By lifting the hips out the design remains looking alive and vibrant as long as possible.

Add in a few dried vines to complete the spiral all around the design

Add in a few dried vines to complete the spiral all around the design...

And finish the design with a few dew drop crystals by placing them on the clear taped grid

And finish the design with a few dew drop crystals by placing them on the clear taped grid.

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Tutorials

3 March 2011 Reflex Tulip Petals

Tulip petals can be opened or reflexed to create a fuller bloom

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

2 July 2014 Clearly invisible taped Grid

This is the easiest way to keep flower in place

15 May 2019 Glue a grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose

Cut a wreath into sections to glue back together into a beautiful rose petal shape

30 October 2013 Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Composite Flower

Glue a round Autumn leaf Composite Flower.

14 September 2022 Summer harvest Vine Swirl

A great way have your vines root and enjoy them too...

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.

2 April 2014 Turning the sellotape over the vase trick up-side-down for a sticky side out frog

Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place

11 August 2021 Dried twig collar in a double vase display for gravity sensitive flowers

Putting the focus on the flowers with an ever changing design.

13 September 2017 Tape a grid around the edges of a container for a table top wreath

Suspend flowers with an almost invisible taped grid

30 December 2015 Eucalyptus rose

Release the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors from the Eucalyptus leaves my slightly crushing it while making roses

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

29 May 2019 Weaving and Interweaving for contrast

My block design is shaped around a Styrofoam block. It is bulky but lightweight and a great way to reuse packaging.

Favourite Flowers

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Related Designs

2 November 2022 bonfire

A final rosy burst of fiery autumn colour.

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

30 October 2013 As the leaves melt away

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers

24 October 2018 It all stacks up

Quick and easy: Stack autumn leaves onto a wire for a... tiny table top Christmas tree.

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...

14 September 2022 Overgrown S-Autum-mer Swirl

Designing for somewhere not still summer not yet autumn weather...

15 May 2019 Heard it through the grapevine?

Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...

22 February 2017 Perfect!

Tulips are so perfect just as they are all that is needed is to simply drape their graceful leaves around the flowers

11 August 2021 A bit Special... four dimensional designing

Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.

7 June 2017 Dream, Job

Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below

14 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques

This was the first two designs for my Floral Art and craft demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club