My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Cut oncidium orchids into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes.

Oncidium orchids cut short

Cut the flower from the main stem just where the stems connect.

Cut the Brassia orchid at an angle

Cut the stem at an angle

Cut the flower from the spike

This creates a neat cut without appearing like it was shortened but rather as if the flowers grew on a short stem that opened all the way to the top.

Flower cut from the stem

It is always best to cut an orchid so that you can condition it with a bit of the green stem but sometimes you want only a single flower from the stem.

Cut the side stem from the main stem

The same holds true for foliage. Cut the side stem from the main stem just where the stems connect.

This creates a stem that is as long as possible but still looks natural

This creates a stem that is as long as possible but still looks natural

The cut becomes almost invisible

The cut becomes almost invisible without leaving a visible blunt stem.

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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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