My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Pour the water over the back of a spoon.

Pour the water over the back of a spoon.

Top up the water by pouring it over the back of a spoon

This creates a gentler stream of water that can be controlled.

You can also pour the water over the back of your cupped hand and let the gentle stream spill into the design.
This is also great for topping up water in an intricate design.

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Related Designs

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

30 August 2011 Ichi-go, ichi-e

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.

11 September 2013 Making it last

Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower

19 March 2014 One of one of everyone

Float flowers using a bubble wrap raft

8 October 2014 Pluviophile

Float grass snippets in water

7 January 2015 Any Which Way

Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

17 January 2018 Flowering Between a Rock and a Hard place

Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

30 January 2019 Around Here

Wind lily leaves to spiral around in a water filled container.

27 January 2021 Knot how it was supposed to go

When you figure out the "how to" tricks of manipulating plant material it is possible to respectfully set them into seemingly impossible new directions.