My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut the willow twig below the place where it forks.

Cut the willow twig below the place where it forks.

Make sure the twig legs are even

Make sure the twig legs are even

Cut a second leg

Cut a second leg

Split the other end of the twig with a sharp knife

Split the other end of the twig with a sharp knife

Press the knife to let the split run

Press the knife to let the split run

For my design I added a hidden "test tube" in the twig. See the Tutorial below for more details on how I make my own test tubes from drinking straws

Mark the position for the hidden water source on a third, longer twig with a marker

Mark the position for the hidden water source on a third, longer twig with a marker

Measure a drill bit against the drinking straw tube

Measure a drill bit against the drinking straw tube. It should be almost the exact same size so that the tube fits snugly in the twig

First drill a thinner guide hole at the exact angle you require through the twig

First drill a thinner guide hole at the exact angle you require through the twig

Drill a thicker hole through the twig at the exact angle you want the tube

Drill a thicker hole through the twig at the exact angle you want the tube

Press the tube into the hole

Press the tube into the hole

Until it disappears in the bark

Until it disappears in the bark

Press a third stick down the split end to be pinched in position

Press this twig down the split end of the leg twigs to be pinched in position

Position the other twig so that the armature stands upright

Position the other leg twig so that the armature stands upright

The twig structure is ready to design with

The twig structure is ready to design with

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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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