My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Standing flowering stems in shallow puddles

Start by making the truss. This will ensure that the three flowering stems stand free in the shallow water

See the Tutorial below for more details on why I choose three stems.

Give the sunflower stems a fresh cut.

Give the sunflower stems a fresh cut. Usually we cut flower stems at an angle to increase the surface for the stem to take up water but this design is going to stand freely on the stems in water so I cut it flat.

Cut bamboo skewers smaller at a very sharp angle

Cut bamboo skewers smaller at a very sharp angle

Press the sharp skewer into the cut-off from the flower stem

Press the sharp skewer into the cut-off from the flower stem

Measure the skewer against the stem

Measure the skewer against the stem. Press the skewer deeper if needed so that it will go into the flower stem but not exit on the other side

Prepare all the truss pieces.

Prepare all the truss pieces.

Make sure the skewers are straight and fit tightly

Make sure the skewers are straight and fit tightly

Start connecting the flower stems with a truss piece

Start connecting the three sunflower stems with a truss piece. Firmly press the skewer into the flower stem

Press the other side skewer into the next flower stem

Press the other side skewer into the next flower stem

Make the connection as need as possible.

Make the connection as need as possible.

Add another truss piece

Add another truss piece, a little higher

Two of the three flower stems are now connected

Two of the three flower stems are now connected. Stand the sunflowers upright to make sure it is balanced

Connect the third stem with the first with another truss piece

Connect the third stem with the first with another truss piece

Add another truss piece to connect the third flower stem with the second

Add another truss piece to connect the third flower stem with the second. Ideally there should be at least two truss pieces connecting the flowering stem with the stem next to it.

Stand the sunflower stems in a shallow container filled with water

Stand the sunflower stems in a shallow container filled with water

Add a few floral details such as passion fruit tendrils an vine and fresh berries

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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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