My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Earthly Angel

Over the next few weeks I will be designing for Christmas. Every Christmas we try and test and develop a few new trends to be introduced as contemporary floral design inspirations. But at the same time I find myself staring longingly at images of a good old fashioned Christmas- it still speaks the loudest to my emotions. My interpretation of Christmas 2011 will be to look back at a traditional Christmas and to give it a contemporary me twist.

Earthly Angel made from tiny twig sections

Christmas Flower Trends 2011 starts with a Floral Craft Assignment from the Floral Trends Design Group to make an Earthly Angel garden decoration

A craft design:
according to the World Association of Flower Arrangers terminology, is a handmade object (such as bags, floral pictures and collages, hats, shoes, jewellery, cakes…) that is skillfully designed using natural plant material (whether dried, processed or fresh) that predominate over all other materials used.

Earthly Angel floral art design

My design is inspired by the one-dimensional shape of a snow angel. It is a mobile that hangs from one point blowing freely in the wind.

Twig Earthly Angel floral art mobile design

Here are the two secrets to assembling a well balanced hanging sculpture: First: Let gravity do the work. Do not fight it. And Secondly: Start from the bottom of your design and work your way up. Each piece has a balance point. Find that and connect it to the piece above. (See the Tutorial below)

Earthly Angel made from twigs to hang in the garden

I included a few sleigh bells to jingle in the wind. Because the design is meant to be hung outside in the garden I wanted it to have a weathered look rather than be all shiny and new, so I treated the copper bells to get a lovely bright turquoise patina. (See tutorial below)

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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.