Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bamboo frog for a shallow container design
Cut bamboo shorter and set it standing upright in a shallow container
For this design I sawed the bamboo to remove the closed stem wall and node on each piece
Fill the container with water
Stand the flowers, grass and vine upright in the stem cavity of the bamboo in the shallow container
Keep the pieces in place by sliding it into any split parts of the bamboo
Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.
Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water
New growth is really difficult to design with and definitely needs to be conditioned and placed in a water source
Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems
Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.
Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from
Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids
Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...
Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.
Whether it’s a solid foot for floating flowers, the tips of new growth or the curve of a dried twig your design needs help to stay upright.
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems
Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids