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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Crafting

This is the second of my 4 demonstration designs I did for my book launch at the Capilano Flower Arranging Club. To read and see more pictures of the demonstration: The effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature Book Launch Demonstration

Crafting floral art design

It is often...

Weaving foliage butterflies

at

Crafting details for floral design

these places

Stripped bark armature for flower arrangements

where

Crafting an armature for floral art

your interests overlap

Floral art design armature

that innovation happens.

Handcrafted floral design armature.

Crafting is part of my creative journey and became part of my floral art style.

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Tutorials

28 November 2018 Crafting a stripped bark and sisal armature

Make a free standing armature with three water tubes for fresh flowers.

8 June 2016 Stripping bark from willow sticks

Strip the green bark from the stems to expose the smooth wood

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

7 September 2012 The Three legged trick for Upright Constructions

When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.

5 January 2011 Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

25 October 2017 Willow Paddle

Weave willow between the fork in a twig to create a paddle like armature

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

16 March 2016 Willow Parasol

Weave willow stems into a decorative parasol

20 April 2016 Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

3 August 2016 Hanging Willow Nest

Bend and weave a nest shape from fresh willow stems

Favourite Flowers

Zantedeschia

Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

21 November 2018 The effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature Book Launch Demonstration

My book launch demonstration was hosted by my flower-buddies from the Capilano Flower Arranging Club. We looked at what influences our own effortless style... that "thing" that...

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

11 February 2015 Love Spell

Weave willow to create a heart shaped wand design

16 March 2016 Creative Expectations

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

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

3 August 2016 Practice

Weave a willow bird nest