My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Counterbalance elegantly leaning Calla lilies with dressed up Dried Autumn Details

Fill a bud vase with water

Fill a bud vase with water.

Add a long stemmed calla lily to elegantly slant to one side

Add a long stemmed calla lily to elegantly slant to one side...

Add in another arum to gracefully curve in the same direction

Add in another arum to gracefully curve in the same direction...

And a third flower stem slightly shorter than the other two

And a third flower stem slightly shorter than the other two.

... but also how elegant and gorgeous are these flowers? Perfect.

Add a few dew drop crystals to dried autumn leaves

Add a few dew drop crystals to dried autumn leaves.

See the detailed Tutorial below if you are curious why... and how I add these tiny crystals with a pin.
Also, if you want to smooth the dried leaves or adjust them slightly I have a Tutorial for that below.
If you find your dried plant material is frightfully brittle turn to page 111 of my book where I show you my go to tricks for working with and preserving dried flowers and foliage.

Glue the leaf to a thorn covered twig on the outside edge of the bud vase

Glue the leaf to a thorn covered twig on the outside edge of the bud vase.

Add the tiniest drop of hot glue in the fork of a twig

Design note: Add the tiniest drop of hot glue in the fork of a twig... or in this case right there where the thorn and the stem meets...

And glue the twig to the other twig

And glue the twig to the other twig by nestling the stem into the fork. This way the twig naturally leans away from the container creating a more natural angle.

Build up the twig and leaf counter balance

Build up the twig and leaf counter balance by gluing the details.

Add a small drop of glue to the leaf

Design tip: to position the leaf exactly how you want it add a small drop of hot glue to the leaf and then place it and support it for 10 seconds to set. If you are in a rush I have a clip solution that will keep the details in place while it sets... see the Tutorial below.

Book readers turn to page 273 to help you decide where the leaves should be placed to create a believable floral illusion.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

I have a tip for you this week on how to judge how many leaves to add

Build up the autumn display of leaves and twigs around the outside of the container.

This week in our email I explain how I decide how many leaves to add. I usually add a tip about the design to the notification email so that readers can benefit from a bit of background details before viewing the design... and reply to the email. The sign up is below this post.

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Tutorials

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.

25 September 2019 Spin a tiny glue bead around a thin stem to secure it at an angle in a design

This is a trick for attaching fine details at exactly the right angle.

30 August 2011 Curving Calla Lilies

Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem

16 May 2018 Adjusting the curve in plant material

It is possible to curve or adjust a curve in plant material

10 July 2012 Smooth dried hydrangea flowers in the palm of your hand

Hold a dried hydrangea flower in the palm of your hand to smooth out the folds

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

23 October 2013 Hanging leaves from a Hazel twig top bar

Create a free moving autumn leaf screen

15 March 2017 Wedding welcome and direction sign

Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board

Favourite Flowers

Zantedeschia

Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Related Designs

21 September 2022 Balanced Attitude

Getting the balance just so... so that you lean into the first sights of Autumn.

30 July 2014 See you around

Weave a few spheres to create a simple design

16 May 2018 It goes like this...

Gently curve plant material.

13 October 2011 Direct Contrasts

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.

9 September 2015 Fall Treasures

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

4 November 2015 Delicate

Bleached Gypsophila wreath with delicate autumn touches

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature

18 September 2019 It’s a sugar rush!

A perfectly imperfect wild willow wreath to display the first Autumn treasures of the year.

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

6 November 2012 Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off

An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

23 October 2013 Their work well done

String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design

15 March 2017 Wedding Welcome

My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

29 September 2021 Creative Direction

Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.