Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Stacking stems to show off flowers from all angles
The hardest part of this design is choosing the flowers. Yes, really!
This week in our email I tell you a bit more about choosing the correct flowers to display when the angle at which you display them is the most important part of the design. Make sure you are signed up so that you don't miss out on this weekly tip for each design.
Test the stem angle of your floral details
See this week's email if you are unsure of how to do that.
Place the first Monstera leaf in the vase. Position it to angle out of the vase.
Place the tallest rose behind the leaf to show off the peduncle and sepals.
Place a second rose in front of the leaf, this time showing off the corolla flower head... and my absolute favourite... a pretty guard petal.
Yes, yes I know- we are taught to remove guard petals. No, no I don't. They are so pretty! Let them be.
Slip in a second monstera leaf that mirrors the first leaf to complete the diagonal.
Position the leaf...
Book readers turn to page 367 where I discuss reciprocity. It is difficult to copy a design for the purpose of learning how to do it when the entire design relies on very specific plant material. Please have a look at the first leaf-point: be inspired by...
By slipping it through the rose stems so that they keep it perfectly in place.
Add a few dew drop crystals to the monstera to finish the design
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on How to use a pin to position the crystals.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Glue short sections of rosary vine into the natural gaps in the Monstera deliciosa leaf
Stack snippets of grass on a wire frame to make a floating pyramid armature
Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf
Curl and pin a few leaves into a tube to create an armature for those "left over" freesiabuds.
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
Criss-cross corset style connect the gaps in a Monstera deliciosa leaf
The name Cymbidium or boat Orchid is derived from the Greek word Kumbos meaning "hole or cavity", referring to the hollowness in the base of the lip of the flowers.
The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.
In my book I describe “effortless designing” as what happens when we have done our preparations, learned and practiced our techniques and are now crafting our work. We can forget...
My article and grass wedding basket design.