My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Papier Mache pumpkin half

Cover the basic shape with cling wrap.

Cover the basic shape with cling wrap. You can use a bowl or a balloon. For my design I used a large pumpkin.

Pour out wood glue into a bowl and thin it with warm water to the consistency of cream

Pour out wood glue into a bowl and thin it with warm water to the consistency of cream

Place strips of tissue paper on the shape and paint with the wood glue

Place strips of tissue paper on the shape and paint with the wood glue

I placed about 3 layers of tissue paper on the pumpkin shape before setting it aside to dry.

I placed about 3 layers of tissue paper on the pumpkin shape before setting it aside to dry.

Cut the paper from the pumpkin

I wanted my shape to taper in slightly at the opening so I glued the paper slightly lower over the pumpkin. If you do not want to cut the shape make sure to only glue to the point where the shape is at its widest to simply lift it off. But keep in mind, it is more difficult to taper the shape once removed from the mold than what it is to simply cut a slit in the paper and glue it back together.

Slip your hand between the wrap and the paper and wiggle it from the shape.

Slip your hand between the wrap and the paper and wiggle it from the shape.

Lift the paper from the pumpkin

Lift the paper from the pumpkin

Clip the split ends back together

Clip the split ends back together

Glue the slit closed with a few strips of tissue paper and wood glue

Glue the slit closed with a few strips of tissue paper and wood glue...

both on the outside and the inside

... both on the outside and the inside. Set aside to dry.

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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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