Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Floral Raft in a Bottle
Oh yes- my tried and tested floating flowers Tutorial makes an appearance, yet again. This time inside a bottle. I love this technique- it’s one of my “go-to’s”.
The Tutorial first appeared in January 2012 and it was still early days for Pinterest and it unexpectedly spread like wildfire!
Place a bottle shaped container on its side.
Fill the container with water...
Right to just below the neck of the container so that the flowers float above the surface but the water won't spill out.
Cut bubble wrap rafts for the flowers. There is a link to the original Tutorial below the post if you want to refresh your memory on how I did it.
Gently float the flower inside the container.
Add jasmine vines between the flowers to keep them in place.
I have included a few design tips on how to cut and position the vines to stay perfectly upright inside the container in this week's email. Yes, there's absolutely a trick to it!
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Use a twig to reposition the flowers (if needed) once everything is in place.
And wedge the tiniest pebbles under the container (on both sides)to keep it from rolling.
Book readers: Staying inspired can be a struggle sometimes, especially after the year we have had!
Turn to page 327 to read more about how you can use your foundation techniques to open up the flow of creative ideas when you get a bit stuck.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.
If you know my work you have probably seen me do this: I float flowers using a tiny bubble wrap skirt... this time I am floating an entire design on it's own bubble wrap raft.
Fold and peg banana leaves into pockets so that they float freely on water. This is inspired by a traditional banana leaf craft used to cook rice in.
Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers
One of my trusty tried and tested techniques. When the going gets hot... float your flowers!
Softest Wisteria colour to cool things down on an unexpectedly warm day.
Weave a web of jasmine vine to support orchid stems
Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?
This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.
To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:
The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
A mindful summer craft using banana leaves to create a floating arrangement.