My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Sponge mechanic for a tiny flower stem

Cut a X shape in a small sponge

Cut a X shape in a small sponge

Just a little bigger than the size of the flower stem

Just a little bigger than the size of the flower stem

Fit the sponge in a small container

Fit the sponge in a small container. This is where you are going to add the water

Place a bamboo stick in the sponge as a place holder for the stem

Place a bamboo skewer in the sponge as a place holder for the stem

Glue bamboo leaves to the sponge

Glue bamboo leaves to the sponge. Make sure there is an overlap of the leaves so that the foliage adheres to foliage and not just to the sponge.

Radiate the leaves out from the bamboo to the edge.

Radiate the leaves out from the bamboo to the edge.

Smooth the leaves down

Smooth the leaves down

Turn the sponge around

Turn the sponge around

And glue the leaves to the bottom

And glue the leaves to the bottom

Fill the small container with water

Fill the small container with water

Place the sponge on the container and let it soak up the water

Place the sponge on the container and let it soak up the water. Insert the flower in the X once the sponge is heavy.

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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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