My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

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

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

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.

Floral craft cakes demonstration

Wire can give a design mechanical support, adds length to stems, support weak or delicate stems and adds decorative and structural details to a design. It is also used for tying, cross knotting, wrapping, bending hooks, binding and so much more!

My Floral Craft design: Twig Cupcakes

Floral Craft Twig Cupcakes

I chose bind wire to attach the twigs to metal rings for my wire twig cupcakes and funnel shaped pick-up-sticks design

Bind the twigs with bind wire.

The bind wire (a paper covered wire) creates a strong and stable armature without stealing any of the attention away from the plant material

Weave a ribbon through the twigs

and weave a ribbon through the twigs

My Floral Art Design: Funnel shaped pick-up-sticks armature

Twig funnel design

For my floral art funnel shaped pick-up-sticks design I demonstrated the value of a stable wired construction...

Stacked twigs design

... by finishing the design with twigs and lilies that are just loosely laid over the design, or hanged from twigs with forks in cut like a natural hook, or suspended with a wire hook

Lilies and twigs

None of the twigs were fixed to the original armature.

Break the straight twig lines with willow

As I build up the design it becomes more and more stable...

The loosely suspended twigs form a supportive unit resting on the wired funnel foundation

... until all the loosely suspended twigs form a supportive unit resting on the wired funnel foundation.

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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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