Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Racked up dried Twig Snippets to display a few flower buds
Place a long and deep container on your design table.
Place a twig at an angle in the container.
Place the next twig to face the opposite way.
And the next one facing the other way.
Keep adding twigs to build up the armature.
Keeping the angle to create a neat line that runs through the middle.
Rack up the twigs right up from one end to the other.
Creating a fun armature to design with...
Fill the container with water.
Remove the foliage from the vine
Drape the vine over the twigs.
... oh... urhm... well... vines grow rather aggressively even after it has been severed from the plant. to keep the armature neatly stacked they will need a bit of support.
My solution is to add a tiny drop of glue to secure the twig to the vase where the vine might move.
I wanted to explain in a bit more detail so I moved the conversation to our email this week. Especially an easy way to make the glue less visible when you display the design. Make sure you are signed up to receive a bonus, design specific tip email every Wednesday- the moment the design is ready for you. The sign up button is below this post.
Add in the lisianthus buds.
Glue in a few dew drop crystals.
There is a Tutorial below if you are curious as to why I use a pin to add the crystals.
And make sure the flowers drape along in an upright direction with the armature lines to keep it tidy.
Following the basic rules of how flowers grow in your design makes the work look a bit more natural. To read more about this turn to page 273 in my book where I talk about crafting an illusion.
For more information about my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.
Wire a small twig gift-box for Christmas presents
Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on
An easy way to create a neat curve in a very short time
A quick-to-do-but-looks-impressive way to display a beautiful cut garden vine for an effortless summer design.
Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis
This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting
Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Mother's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design...
My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the New Zealand Floral Design Magazine
A creative design that has some height to it without blocking the view. This can easily be scaled up or down to match the environment you want to display it in.