Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Kenzan peg bark curls into a hollow and bottomless log vase
Use floral foam to secure a small kenzan in a flat display container
Design note: I have a quick Tutorial for you below this design on how to secure a Kenzan... if you want even more detailed instructions turn to page 160 to 165 of my book- it's all there.
Press a bark curl to stand upright with the help of the Kenzan.
Match a second bark curl to rest next to the first and press it into sharp Kenzan teeth so that it also stands upright.
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Fill the shallow container with water... keep an eye on the water level. Water should cover the heavy Kenzan base all the way to the teeth so that the fresh flowers can remain hydrated but not spill over the container.
Slip the flower stem into the hollow of the bark.
Slip a twirling vine stem around the bark and into the opening of the bark.
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Carefully manipulate the vines to wind around the bark log and flowers to create a focal point.
Glue in a few fall leaves.
And adjust the vine so that it perfectly frames the flowers.
To learn more about manipulating twigs see my book... and of course the Tutorial linked below.
Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .
Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems
Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.
Give a sturdy twig a cut to stay put in your Spring design.
Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree
Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...
Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor
My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.