My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Autumn leaf ballet slippers from scratch

The ballet slippers are made from Katsura Tree (Cercidyphyllum japonica) leaves

Draw the slipper pattern on thin paper

Draw the slipper pattern on thin paper

Fold the thin paper over the drawn slipper pattern

Fold the thin paper over the drawn slipper pattern

Copy the ballet slipper pattern

Copy the pattern for the other ballet slipper.

Open the thin paper

Open the thin paper. You now have two slippers, one right sole and a left sole.

Cut out the ballet slipper pattern

Cut out the ballet slipper pattern

Place the two slipper soles next down on a working surface.

Place the two slipper soles down on a working surface.

Connect the ends of the upper part of the pattern

Connect the ends of the upper (toe) part of the pattern with masking tape

Tape the upper to the sole

Tape the upper to the sole

Tape the upper to the sole following the contours.

Continue to tape the upper to the sole following the contours with a few more strips of masking tape.

Continue to tape the upper

Continue to tape the upper...

Do the same with the other slipper

... all the way around. Do the same with the other slipper

Paper slippers ready to design with

Paper slippers ready to design with

Wash and dry a few autumn leaves

Wash and dry a few autumn leaves

Cut the leaves in irregular blocks

Cut the stems from the leaves and set aside. Cut a few of the leaves in irregular blocks.

Glue the fall leaves to the paper slipper.

Glue the fall leaves to the paper slipper.

Overlap the leaves so that it will still cover the paper as it dries and shrinks

Overlap the leaves so that it will still cover the paper as it dries and shrinks

Cover the paper slipper with fall leaves

Completely cover the paper slipper with fall leaves so that it can be picked up and viewed from all angles

Smooth down the edges of the leaves to lie flat

Smooth down the edges of the leaves to lie flat

Reach deep into the slipper toe and cover the inside sole

Reach deep into the slipper toe and cover the inside sole

Flip the slipper over and cover the sole

Flip the slipper over and cover the sole

Autumn leaf slippers ready to design with

Autumn leaf slippers ready to design with

Glue on the leaf stems to add texture

Glue on the leaf stems to add texture

Set aside for the glue to bond

Set aside for the glue to bond before adding any fresh floral details

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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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