Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Loop a Monstera leaf stem to craft an underwater hold for a knotted orchid stem
Cut the top most open orchid from the flower spike.
Carefully bend the stem over. Work from the place where the flower is connected to the tip of the stem. This helps the stem become more pliable...
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To the point where you can knot the stem without it snapping.
Choose a pretty monstera leaf with generous holes.
Thread the stem through the knot.
Bend the stem over and push it through the hole in the leaf.
The flower is now attached to the leaf... yet moving freely.
Rest the Monstera leaf on a small glass container allowing the flower to dangle below.
Fill the container with water by pouring it carefully through the leaf.
If you need to use tweezers to set the flower in a better position.
Adjust the stem if you need the flower to be deeper in the 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...
Weave a small panel that fits snugly in a container for a minimal, foam free design that is quick to make but looks spectacular.
Plant material float about in water. To keep it in place it is best to wedge it slightly to touch the sides of the container.
This is a great, non permanent way to protect surfaces from damage
Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water
Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.
Give new life to an old vase by turning and balancing it on it's side. It's actually easier than it looks... and it looks super impressive!
When you figure out the "how to" tricks of manipulating plant material it is possible to respectfully set them into seemingly impossible new directions.
Give a minimal design a few grass "whiskers" to feel that Spring breeze.
A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line
I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.
A submerged design... perfect for summertime designing... and enjoying!
To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:
Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.