My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

A Floral Fable: Mood Design

This is the first design I did for my A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club .
The demonstration explores ways to add small floral details to tell your own floral fable or simply express yourself with floral art.

With every design 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.

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

A Floral Fable restrained mood design

We begin our design in a thoughtful...

Two palm leaf grasshoppers meditating in a twig nest with spiralled tulips.


Meditative Floral Fable design

and meditative mood.

And then...

Reflex the tulip petals to create a exuberant and youthful and playful design .

it changes to exuberant...

Palm leaf butterflies with dried lily petal wings fly into the design.

and youthful...

A playful mood Floral Fable design.

and playful

A floral Fable mood design- spiral closed tulips.

In my thoughtful, restrained and meditative mood design I used tulips in tight bud, green papery Physalis pods (sepals) and grasshoppers woven from a palm leaf.

A Floral Fable mood design- reflex tulip petals.

Then to change it into an exuberant and youthful and playful design I added a few open tulips, reflexed and replaced the green Physalis pods with orange pods. The grasshoppers got wings to become butterflies to fly into the happy 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.




Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry