Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
An almost not even there grass grid
For a more detailed Tutorial on how to create a sticky tape grid see the Tutorial below. Also notice how I usually update this technique by turning the tape sticky side up.
Carefully bend the grass without snapping it.
Again, you will find a lot of information about manipulating (bending, curling, weaving...) grasses in my book.
Place the bend so that it is in line with the edge of the container.
Add another blade of grass. Make sure it touches the side of the container with the bend at the height of the edge of the container.
Keep adding blades of grass. Keep in mind where you want to add your flowers so that most the grass point in that direction.
Weave some of the grass so that it created a visually interesting grid.
Move around the edge of the container and add grass to be visible from all sides
Add 3 mature grass curls to pick up on the the sun bleached colour of the orchids. (a bit of a nod to our friends on the other side of the world who is celebrating autumn right now). See the Design Tip below.
Design Tip: If you let plant material mature to create an effect in a design make sure that absolutely everything else you include are in peak condition so that your design looks intentional and deliberate.
See the Tutorial below for a way to curl grass. I have also found another fun way to curl grass in smaller more precise ringlets... it's in my book!
Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
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...
Fishing line creates an invisible grid over a shallow glass cake stand to support the plant material
Suspend flowers with an almost invisible taped grid
I left the grass to mature so that the tips mirror the sun bleached yellow of the orchids.
Weave an all natural net to place over a vase to keep your flowers above water.