My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

A Floral Fable Design demonstration Floral Art Structures

This was my A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club. Over the next few weeks I will show each of the designs in detail and add the design tutorials.

This week I’ll look at the basic mechanics and the Floral Art structures, constructions and armatures used in the demonstration.

Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arrangers club- A Floral Fabel.

I begin all four designs in the same Fairy-tale Forest: made of moss, twigs and bark. That is the basic ingredients. The demonstration explores ways to add small floral details to tell your own floral fable or simply express yourself with floral art.

Taking a few photo's of my design before I change it to demonstrate the design contrast

With every design I add I will demonstrate one concept, thought or idea and by just slightly changing a few of the floral ingredients the design flips over into its contrast.

Floral Art Structures:

Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arrangers club designing meaningful arrangements.

A structural design is either classified as a Structure or a Construction depending on the placement of the water source but grouped, as design styles, we refer to them as armatures (older term) or Structural Designing.

Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arrangers club working in armatures.

I consider myself a Structural Designer and prefer designing in an armature rather than a container. I love the drama of designing, not only the floral details but the entire environment framing the flowers.

Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arrangers club creating a story in contrasts.

It is possible to convey the character of a design in a lot more detail without the limitations set by a pre-designed container.

Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arrangers club telling a story with Floral Art.

Armatures are also ideal design solutions for contemporary designers who want to create large designs without the strain on resources (both natural and financial) by creating mass and space with less expensive, sustainable and more permanent plant material such as bamboo or twigs.

The demonstration designs:

Forest filigree twig wreath set on a glass vase.

The moral of our first fable is: You can change your mood as fast as you can change your mind.

It is a hazel twig wreath glued rather than woven. Set the wreath on a round bubble vase filled with water. I will dress it with tulips to show how you can create a thoughtful, restrained and meditative design and then alter it slightly to demonstrate a playful, youthful and exuberant design

Here is the design post: A Floral Fable: Mood Design

Stack and glue twigs to create a twig nest

The moral of our second fable is that colour can make you super cool or smoking hot

I begin the design arranging the plant material curled up and hibernating inside the stacked twig nest and then the spring sun will chase away the clouds and warm up the forest floor.

Here is the design post: A Floral Fable: Colour Design

Twig armature as a permanent design in a container

The moral of our third fable is that our approach to things changes how we see the world

The twigs are placed in a container and then permanently set into place with clay. I will demonstrate how to create a trendy minimalist city design and then change it slightly to demonstrate a softer rustic country garden design.

Here is the design post: A Floral Fable: Approach Design

Cover cardboard and metal shapes to create a natural looking armature.

The moral of our forth fable is Never be afraid to go down a new road; you don’t know what great things it might lead to!

I will be using the romantic Victorian language of flowers to send a coded message. The armature is made of paper and metal covered in bark.

Here is the design post: A Floral Fable: Floriograpy Design

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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.




Cymbidium, Boat Orchid