Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
From A... for Acer to Z… for Zantedeschia
Last week I showed you a design from closer to the beginning of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, this week it is a design closer to the end: the flower guide.
I have included a bucket load of flowers in the book- enough to craft 140 designs and close to three times that many “how to” tutorials. That is a lot of gorgeous flowers!
Alphabetically listed, all the way from a… to z…
In the flower guide Chapter I also tell you the story of how plants get their names, both Latin and those quant names you or you might hear your grandmother use.
...and why we struggle with pronunciations…
… then there’s also a bit about apples, you know... really being roses,
and how modern garden roses are still modern roses even though modern garden roses are nowhere close to being “modern”…
oh and about roses that are not even roses or not even roses if you are not from where they are called roses…
well.. I explain everything on page 402 to 403
The really great book news: As a result of the wonderful response from all my flower friends, I will receive a much larger number of advance copies of the book than I expected! Thank you so, so much everyone. If you have ordered your copy in the last two weeks… I am all prepared and ready to sign, pack and start to send them out the moment they arrive.
If you still want to order a copy of the effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature, before the release date in November visit my online shop
… I have a few books left of this shipment and can send out your copy as quickly as I can sign, gift wrap and run to the post office!
Fold a single blade of grass or slender leaf around a small container to stand your flower in position
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
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...
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.
Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...
Balance a stack of eggshells with a magnet for a tiny Easter design
Hide the water source in a rolled leaf
The most delicate of stems often disappear in a design. this is an easy way to display really delicate flowering stems without overwhelming them
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase
Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.
Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids