My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Use a glue stick to position a Kenzan… just so… so that you can place the blackest of flowers to be framed by gaps of light

When placing a Kenzan in a tall-ish small container it almost always settles skew

Have you noticed that when you place a Kenzan in a tall-ish small container it almost always ends up lop sided? This makes it really difficult to place your flowers exactly how you want it. It can even cause the flowers to tip. And using floral adhesive is a sure way to get the Kenzan stuck in the container.

Here is what I do to overcome that...

Press a glue stick into the teeth of your Kenzan

Press a glue stick into the teeth of your Kenzan...

So that you can pick up the heavy Kenzan by the glue stick handle

So that you can pick up the heavy Kenzan by the glue stick handle...

Lower the kenzan into the display container

Lower the Kenzan into the display container...

So that it fits snug and secure

So that it fits snug and secure...

And remove the glue stick leaving the Kenzan in position

And remove the glue stick leaving the Kenzan in position.

Top up the display container with water to cover the Kenzan

Top up the display container with water to cover the Kenzan.

Book readers turn to page 146 where I show you how to support your flowers.

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Slip a Calla lily through a hole in a Monstera leaf

Slip a Calla lily through a leaf fenestration of a Monstera...

And skewer both into the teeth of the Kenzan

And skewer both into the teeth of the Kenzan.

Add in a few rosary vines to drape over the flowers

Add in a few rosary vines to drape over the flowers.

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Make sure to pull the vine tight so that you can carefully drape it to cascade down the design

Make sure to anchor the vine firmly so that it can be pulled up the stems and you can carefully drape it to cascade down the design.

And as usual I finished my design with a few dew drop crystals to add some sparkle

And as usual I finished my design with a few dew drop crystals to add some sparkle and highlight the curve that I want you to notice.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I add the dew drop crystals.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

16 August 2017 Criss-cross Monstera lace-up

Glue short sections of rosary vine into the natural gaps in the Monstera deliciosa leaf

22 August 2018 Vein Veil For Freesias

Cut a slight veil to frame your flowers with

11 January 2023 Unfurl winter’s potential in a snow filled monstera leaf shelter

Capture a bit of winter magic by placing delicate flower buds in the middle of two large leaves.

27 June 2018 Foliage tube armature for long stemmed freesia buds

Curl and pin a few leaves into a tube to create an armature for those "left over" freesiabuds.

17 March 2021 Cone shaped leafy puddle for a short stemmed flower

Take all the usual ingredients for a budvase design- a flower, a leafy green something and roll it into something unusual to display.

6 January 2021 Rolled leaf shelter for a lean-in-closer tiny bud vase design

Create a tiny visual tunnel to focus attention.

2 June 2021 Two leaf lining your container to shelter your orchids

Create a shallow puddle in a larger container to keep your flowers in place.

30 January 2019 A round, around a round foliage… spiral in a vase

Stack foliage to create a rose spiral in a container.

24 April 2024 Slot together Monstera Twin Leaves to create a design gap

A small bundle of Spring floral treasures framed with lush monstera foliage.

4 February 2015 Fold over a tropical leaf cocoon

Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

8 May 2024 I mean… did you!?!

Playing with shapes to frame the light in a dramatic floral design.

16 August 2017 Making Ends Meet

Criss-cross corset style connect the gaps in a Monstera deliciosa leaf

22 August 2018 FreestyleFreesia

Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...

22 August 2018 Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor

Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor

11 January 2023 Maybe Still Maybe

... a something to look forward to design that makes you lean in closer to see what might still be.

27 June 2018 Look deep

Curl foliage to use as a natural armature for delicate buds.

17 March 2021 A scoop of pretty

A tiny budvase design that rearranges basic ingredients, such as a single leaf and an orchid to create a new design concept.

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

6 January 2021 I tip my (flower) cap!

An enclosed design that invites the onlooker to lean in closer to explore the pretty orchid.

2 June 2021 Like an open book

Position foliage to create a smaller, shallow pond for your floral details to shelter in.

30 January 2019 Around Here

Wind lily leaves to spiral around in a water filled container.

24 April 2024 You Just Like You

Support a small bundle of spring florals to stand upright in water with two Monstera leaves.

4 February 2015 collywobbles!

Fold foliage butterflies