Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Tendril Tangle Grid
Place a glass container on your design table.
Gather a bunch of dried vines...
Wrap the tendrils around the vine stems to keep it in place.
Pull the vines closer at both ends with wider gaps in the middle.
Place the vine tangle over the container and allow it to naturally settle.
You might have to move it a bit over or in or even turn it around so that it naturally balances on the container.
Tap the armature lightly to make sure it is stable enough to carry the flowers.
Fill your container with water.
Slip the flowers between the vines.
Design note: if you want to use stems without tendrils see the technique on page 234 of my book... It worked so well that I kept the armature and used it for many, many more designs.
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Make sure you place the flowers through gaps that will support the flower heads
I have a bit more information on placing the flowers that I added to our email for this week. It is a handy tip so make sure to read it before cutting the stems short. If you are not yet signed up for the email and want to recieve a weekly bonus tip, the sign up is below this post.
Add a fresh vine to drape over the design...
Allow the fresh vine to grab on to the dried vines...
So that the vine reach from the one end of the fresh flower to the other.
Dried vines can so easily look all squashed up... to counter this I add a few more tendrils to extend over the design to make it look luxurious...
Creating a fluffy tendril filled armature.
Finish the design with a few sparkling dew drop crystals.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to place these delicate little crystals exactly where you want them.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered
Easy to weave design that can hold your prettiest autumn design treasures.
Craft a slightly off center wreath from dried vines and grasses for Phalaenopsis orchids.
Weave willow between the fork in a twig to create a paddle like armature
Weave a wreath around a cardboard circle to create an almost lace effect... perfect to capture those first signs of Spring!
That incredible moment when you realize that one good idea for your design really is enough...
Keep you fresh plant material hydrated in water... and your dried plant material suspended to keep it from falling into the water.
A visual breather from all the bright and festive designs to come when designing for Autumn.
Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...
A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line
My first design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting