Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Flowering Between a Rock and a Hard place
Some great news:
If you have been a long time reader of My Creative Workbook (first… thank you!) you will remember that I have had to update my site a few times because we have grown bigger than the technology could cope with.
Well… we have done it again! Thank you for visiting My Creative Workbook every week. We are now big enough so that I can call us a community without feeling silly. I am currently redesigning our new My Creative Workbook website- but this time I am in the position (... with a bit of help from you) to create something really fun for us to use.
Here is how you can help:
- Send pictures: this is your opportunity for a humble-brag. I have seen some amazing designs inspired by the tutorials and designs I have shared here (thank you everyone!) And I would love to see more... or see those you have shared with me in the past again. I am creating a I Made one! picture gallery to show off your amazing talents. Of course with full credit to you, the artist. So please include whatever name you would like to appear in the credit (eg: your name or shop name) and either a website address, or your social media handle or e-mail address so that I can link it to you. I will also share the gallery on social media from time to time. Simply reply to the sign-up email you get every week to submit your work.
- Oh! And if you have not yet, remember to sign up. Because of the sheer volume of design information on this site some things somehow gets lost. That is a huge pity. There are some fun stuff to try in even the older posts. My new site will work slightly different. If you are already using my newsletter notification to come in and see the weekly design you will notice little to no difference in the user experience (maybe just a bit better if you look around while you visit) But if you visit my site and view the design on the landing page you will need to click on a button. Not a huge amount of effort, true, but my goal really is to make it all as seamless as possible for you.
I have and will continue to send out just this one email to you every week, on Wednesday mornings (Vancouver time).
Also, could you help me to spread the word?
But for now here is the design for this week:
Stuck under the pebble... or… glide on out on the surface
Hang around... or... drift apart
Stay put... or... waft away
Sit tight... or... sail off
Hold on…or… slip away
Stuck under... or... float above.
Such a peaceful design with just enough float and "stay put" elements
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.
Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water
Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.
Cellophane and plastic wrap in a clear vase, filled with water, creates a cracked ice effect
The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.
A mindful summer craft using banana leaves to create a floating arrangement.
Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.
Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?
To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:
Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems
It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.
Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.