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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

It is High Time for Tea. Floral Craft and Art demonstration at the The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

From craft to art- taking a delicious floral journey with technique

This is an overview of the Floral Art and Craft Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club. Over the next few weeks I will add each design in detail and include all the tutorials

It is High Time for Tea.

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 it is.

Technique 1: Weaving

Here is a link to the two designs with their Tutorials: It’s High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques

To weave is to interlace bands or strands or strips of material at right angles to build up a patterned mat, surface or sculptural form.

Woven ice-cream cones flower design

For my neat Kyogi paper ice-cream cone designs I demonstrated how to do a balanced plain weave, turned diagonal and then shaped in a cone

Demonstrating how to weave

A plain weave looks like a checker-board...

How to do a plain weave with foliage.

...and is often described as a "one-up-one-down weave" or...

Weaving with foliage

"over and under" pattern.

Weaving floral ice-cream cones.

For the ice cream part of the design I glued a few strands of ripped dried cymbidium orchid leaves and wove it in and out and around the tiny test tubes and orchids to secure it in place

By combining a neat plain weave with a messy, less dense weave you can create a design that changes from arranged to disordered without being overly obvious

Weaving with Midelino cane coils

I then showed how to use the weaving technique...

Weaving techniques

to make a less dense sculptural form...

Weaving in ripped leaves.

by weaving random bands of Midelino cane coils into a globe cup.

For a more detailed look at Foliage Weaving

Technique 2: Veneer

Here is a link to the two designs with their Tutorials : It’s High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

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.

Adding a bark veneer to my design

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.

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

Adding a layer of moss

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

Light weigh bark covered design

Allowing you to easily cut and glue an extremely light weight and interesting shape without the bulkiness of logs.

More examples of bark veneers are my Bark Wood Wreath used in my Mud!!! Floral Art Demonstration at the Rondebosch Flower Club and the wind spinner blades made for my Harnessing the Wind design and my paper log stack for my Floriography design at the A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club

Technique 3: Wire

Here is a link to the two designs with their Tutorials: It’s High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

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!

Floral craft cakes demonstration

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

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

See the Tutorial below on how to make your own Paper Covered Wire

Create a very stable wired construction

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

Simply lay the twigs over the two funnels

... 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

Cut twigs to create natural hooks

None of the twigs were fixed to the original armature.

If your mechanics are solid your design will be solid

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

Loosly stached twigs

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

Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club

Thank you to the members of The Capilano Flower Arranging Club for inviting me to share my ideas with you.

The demonstration favors were the green version of the binding wire I used in my demonstration.

The demonstration favors were the green version of binding wire I used in my demonstration.

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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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