My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

I wanted my rolled leaves to be the exact same size so that the shape of the calla lilies really attract all the attention.

Roll an autumn leaf around a thick dowel stick

Roll an autumn leaf around a thick dowel stick

Glue the leaf with a small drop of floral adhesive

Glue the leaf with a small drop of floral adhesive. Hold the leaf in place for a few seconds to make sure the glue sets.

Loosen your grip and slip the leaf from the dowel

Loosen your grip and slip the leaf from the dowel

Roll a few more fall leaves

Roll a few more fall leaves...

And a few more.

... And a few more.

I rolled 500 autumn leaves to stand upright in my large container

I rolled 500 autumn leaves to stand upright in my large container

Cut the leaf so that it stands flat in the water

Cut the leaf so that it stands flat in the water

Make sure all the leaves are approximately the same size

Make sure all the leaves are approximately the same size

Stack the cut leaves with the stem to one side to make it easier to stack into the container

Keep the stem part of the leaf so that it can add a contrasting randomness to the design

Place the container on its side and let the first leaf rest on the side of the container

Place the container on its side and let the first leaf rest on the side of the container

Start to stack the autumn leaves

Start to stack the autumn leaves

Place the cut side in the container

Place the cut side in the container...

As the container fills up with stacked leaves you can gradually lesson the angle at which it is held

As the container fills up with stacked leaves you can gradually lesson the angle at which it is held

I wanted my leaf colours to be random and just kept that in mind as I stacked the leaves

I wanted my leaf colours to be random and just kept that in mind as I stacked the leaves

Add the last few leaves to fill the container

Add the last few leaves to fill the container

Space out the leaves so that it is snug

Space out the leaves so that it is snug and fill the container with about 1cm of water. Add the calla lilies.

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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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