Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Shape a wire frame
Glue willow twigs to the frame
Glue the twigs so that it radiates out from a central point
This is quite a heavy design. Make sure the twigs are glued in more that one spot
As a rule of thumb I glue each twig to connect at three places with another twig. This creates a strong and stable armature
Fill out the radial design with some thin stems
Add sprouting stems of willow in water tubes. Cross the stems and break the radial pattern slightly to create visual interest.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add new growth to a design
Make sure the water tubes are concealed.
Add a few more water tubes for the orchids and place some moss and dew drop beads.
Make a wire wreath frame with wire and cover it with growth mesium or moss to design on
Conditioning new growth and sprouts are difficult because the little sprouts have not had time to fully develop its cellular structure to survive being cut and taking up water on...
Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature
This is a great way to use all those bits of twigs and sticks in your design room to make a floral armature
By making a very secure armature, it is possible to stack and suspend loose twigs on top of it building on the stable foundation
Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on
My article and willow birdcage design for wedding rings featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.
A clever trick borrowed from art techniques to add dimension to a bright and colourful Autumn floral design.
Grass crisscross that makes you want to lean in closer to count the late summer raindrops around these gorgeous roses.
Exploring two soaking techniques for a subtle early autumn design
I wanted my parasol design to be thoroughly me, and thoroughly contemporary yet respectful of the guiding rules and methods shared by the different schools of Ikebana.
Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine.
An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again
Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns
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