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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Floral Fable Design demonstration Floral Art Structures

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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Tutorials

7 December 2011 Glue a forest filigree twig wreath

This wreath is not woven but glued to create a see-through forest filigree

6 March 2012 Glue a round stacked twig platter

Stack and glue tiny twigs to create a round platter

15 March 2012 Permanent Mossy Stick tree

Create a twig tree by using clay to secure twigs and sticks into a pot

15 March 2012 Paper log stack

I made this log stack from cardboard covered with bark

Favourite Flowers

Tulipa

Tulip

Cymbidium

Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Rosa

Rose

Related Designs

21 March 2012 A Floral Fable: Mood Design

This is a detailed look at my first Floral Fable demonstration design

15 March 2012 Basket full of BoutStix Floral Magnets

The favors at my Floral Fable design demonstration were BoutStix Floral Magnets

23 March 2012 A Floral Fable: Colour Design

This is a detailed look at my second Floral Fable demonstration design

27 March 2012 A Floral Fable: Approach Design

This is a detailed look at my third Floral Fable design. When you design, every detail you add matters and the smallest element can change the design completely.

29 March 2012 A Floral Fable: Floriograpy Design

This is the fourth and last design I did for my Floral Fable demonstration.

15 March 2012 A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club

My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs

15 March 2017 Wedding Welcome

My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine