My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

About a line

About a line floral art design

Get in line

Skewered Eucalyptus

Online

Skewered Eucalyptus armature

Straight line

Eucomis and Eucalyptus

Draw a line

Skewered Eucalyptus Eucomis armature

Fine line

Line design

Outline

Eucomis and Eucalyptus in a glass container

Line up

Grass over the design

Cross the line

Eucomis and Eucalyptus and grass in a glass container

Hold the line

Tiny crystals and tomato stems

on the line

Eucomis and Eucalyptus and tomato stems and grass in a glass container

To line

… to think of just a few.. it appears there are a lot of lines!

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Tutorials

10 May 2017 Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

Thread leaves through wire

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

10 August 2011 Foliage Pleat Garland

Folding a garland from strips of a Aspidistra leaf

10 August 2011 Free standing basket

I tied the strong inside veins of the 5 Aspidistra leaves (that I used to make the garland with) to make my basket armature.

30 October 2013 Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature

30 March 2016 Construction Lumber and Dowel Spike Armature

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

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.

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

Favourite Flowers

Eucomis

Pineapple flowers or pineapple lilies, the Afrikaans names for the flowers are Wildepynappel or Krulkoppie and the Zulu name is Umathunga

Related Designs

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.

24 October 2018 It all stacks up

Quick and easy: Stack autumn leaves onto a wire for a... tiny table top Christmas tree.

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

5 June 2019 Add up!

Stacking green stems to create an armature for short stemmed flowers.

10 August 2011 Pleated Pleasure

Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the...

24 August 2011 Touchstone

A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept.

3 April 2012 Designing Body Blooms

Designing Contemporary Floral Accessories and Body Flowers Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

19 June 2012 Designing a Feeling

The emotions your designs inspire give real meaning to your work. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

30 October 2013 As the leaves melt away

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers

12 February 2014 Easy does it

Rip foliage to sprinkle as a light as air flower frog

25 June 2014 Fine Tune

Thread cane through sticks to make a music inspired armature

30 March 2016 A Point of Support

My contemporary floral art design demonstrated at the Canada Blooms flower show in Toronto.

21 June 2011 WAFA 10th International Flower Show in Boston USA: This Glorious Earth

I wove my Zipper from just over 300 short, dried rose twigs with tiny thorns on them. The delicate "fabric" at the back of the design is woven rose bush roots. Aranthera and...

25 May 2016 Half the Fun

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

1 June 2016 The ties that Bind

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

29 June 2016 Make the design

Weave a reed cradle to suspend orchids from

22 March 2017 Biomimicry

A design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design group in South Africa exploring how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design...