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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Point of Support

This is a closer look at my demonstration design at the recent Canada Blooms show. I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United States, Australia, Ireland and Canada by the Garden Clubs of Toronto. We competed in the International Invitational Class entitled Celebrate! and used this demonstration to share some of our home-grown inspiration:
Floral Designs From Around The World

 A Point of Support floral art design.

Just hang around for a bit

Spider orchids suspended on a twig blind

Dangle freely

Willow twigs

Swing back and forth

Willow bridge design.

As it is suspended from

Christine de Beer Floral Art Demonstration

a point of support

picture credit: This picture is from the Canada Blooms: It's A Party 2016 DVD, Garden Clubs of Toronto

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Tutorials

30 March 2016 Construction Lumber and Dowel Spike Armature

Drill holes in a piece of lumber and insert dowel sticks to create an armature

30 March 2016 Forest Floor Disk

Small design details to suspend in your design

26 April 2011 Weave a willow twig blind

Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.

24 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

30 March 2011 Wired Monkey Vine

This wired rope is inspired by Monkey vine that you see hanging from trees. It is strong, rough and very tough. Covering the rope with mud will add texture and it also insulate...

1 March 2011 Paper covered Wire

Cover the wire with the raffia

29 June 2011 Twig Zipper

I wanted my Zipper to be "edgy" rather than "peaceful", so using bamboo or reeds or willow would not be appropriate.

16 August 2011 Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...

3 July 2012 Twig mushroom

Stack and wire a twig mushroom armature

5 September 2012 Driftwood on Stilts

Give a piece of driftwood legs to stand on

7 September 2012 Hanging flowers rightside-upside-downside

I love hanging flowers to loosely dangle and move in a design

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

4 December 2012 Twig Lanterns

Wire short twigs around wire rings to create rustic flameless tea-light lanterns

30 January 2013 Funnel shaped pick-up-sticks armature

By making a very secure armature, it is possible to stack and suspend loose twigs on top of it building on the stable foundation

20 March 2013 Magnetic Twig Foundation for a handbag corsage

A twig platform for a handbag corsage that wont damage the bag

Related Designs

30 March 2016 Floral Designs From Around The World

A demonstration presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto, Canada I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United...

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

15 February 2017 Step Along

Create twig steps to display the orchids

10 May 2017 About a line

Skewer and line up leaves to create an armature

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...

5 January 2012 Designing Your Way to Profits

Floral Craftsmanship Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

29 January 2014 Glued to stay just so

Wire and glue a twig armature

28 May 2014 Be Silent And Listen

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature

11 June 2014 To

Make a quick and easy twig disk armature

18 June 2014 Stuck stick

Glue a few sticks to create a hollowed out crescent armature

10 September 2014 Creativity will come

My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the <strong> New Zealand Floral Design Magazine</strong>

30 April 2015 Layer

Design One from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary...

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

17 February 2016 Where would you put it!?!

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers