My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Wired Monkey Vine

Mix a bit of potting soil with wood glue to create a firm yet runny mud. This will dry into a very rough and strong texture.

Making monkey rope

For the rope I gathered a length of wire and sisal together and painted both with dark wood stain. I then twisted the wire to look similar to the passion fruit tendrils and created the hooked shape I required to hang the orchids from. I dipped the entire shape into mud to adhere the sisal over the wire. Next I added bits of paper bark to the rope.

Wired Monkey rope

To fix the loops into place I painted sections with more mud. Leave to dry and bake hard in full sun.

This will create a very strong wired rope- strong enough to hang the orchids from and it also insulate the wire from rust by creating a protective layer. It not only looks natural but is made out of natural plant material.

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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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