Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Leaning Sunflowers to stay just so
The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.
See more on designs with three legs in the Tutorial below
Lean the two flower stems so that they kick against the edge of the shallow container
If there is a bend in the flower stems close to the head nuzzle the flowers to sit snugly
Add the third stem. Let it kick against the side of the shallow container with the flower head tucked between the other two flowers. This should give it enough stability to create a freestanding design.
Measure your next flower stem, cut and add it into the design. Continue adding stems. Make sure each stem is secure to create a stable design
Every now and again wiggle the stems gently to make sure the are secure. Adjust if necessary.
Add in a few blades of grass
When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.
Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design
Gently pull the petals ( Ray floret) from the seeded part of the sunflower
Twirl twigs to create a balanced nest to display the beautiful orchids on
Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature
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...
Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.
A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect
My fourth design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting