Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
- 29 November 2017
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Place a delicate twig on a flat working surface
Glue in twigs to create a flat panel. I find it best to glue each twig at at least three places to make sure it is strong enough to suspend.
Hang the screen with fishing line.
To continue the flat panel I used pressed leaves so that only the fresh flowers add depth to the design. I press my leaves in an old telephone book.
Glue the leaves to the screen with a tiny drop of hot glue
Glue in a few tiny water tubes for the orchids
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make my own water tubes from drinking straws.
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When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.
Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.
By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in
Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.
Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature
This design can easily scale up or down by using larger or smaller pieces of wood to create a larger wall panel or make a few of these panels to stack as tiles to create a more...
When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature
A design inspired by traditional Jiyek braiding techniques
Glue a few twigs into a rectangular shape to hang as a space or room devider
Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?
A perfectly imperfect wild willow wreath to display the first Autumn treasures of the year.
Soft minimal... this is exactly the kind of design I place in our apartment. Use a few fall treasures picked up on a walk and add a copper leaf to up the effort and love you add...
Hanging pumpkins and tiny vases to create a Autumn mobile floral design.
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.
Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.
Exploring two soaking techniques for a subtle early autumn design
Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.
Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips
My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies
I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.