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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art designs using the same design techniques and I incorporated my three techniques, where possible, in the other designs just to show how versatile they are.

Designing in a veneer construction

A veneer refers to a thin layer of flat sheets or chips or chopped up hard and dry material that is glued onto panels or shapes to give it an altered appearance, added strength, makes it light weight or adds an appearance of greater value.

My Floral Craft design: Bark Veneer Cardboard Floral Cake

Floral craft bark veneer cake

For my bark veneer cardboard cake design I demonstrated how to layer cardboard and cover it with bark using wood glue, giving the stack the appearance of a log or chocolate cake.

The wood glue also seals the cardboard and adds strength to the design.

The wood glue also seals the cardboard and adds strength to the design.

Cardboard and bark floral craft cake

Reindeer moss, Hellebore flowers, Lichen covered twigs, Rosary vine and dried mushrooms decorate the cake

My Floral Art Design: Sharp Edged Arc Armature

Sharp edged arc armature for a floral art design

I then showed how the same veneer technique can be used to create a sharp-edged arc armature for a floral art design.

Again Reindeer moss, Hellebore flowers, Lichen covered twigs, Rosary vine and dried mushrooms decorate the design

Again I dressed the design with Reindeer moss, Hellebore flowers, Lichen covered twigs, Rosary vine and dried mushrooms.

Every flower gets its own tiny test tube

Every flower nestles in its own tiny test tube so that it can stay fresh for as long as possible

Thin wire tendrils and whisper butterflies add sparkle to the design

Thin wire tendrils and whisper butterflies add sparkle to the design

A bark chip veneer is a great way to create a precise shape that looks natural but can't be found in nature.

Bark chip veneer is a great way to create precise shapes that looks natural but can't be found in nature.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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