My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

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In no time at all floral art design

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Sweet Pea design

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Lathyrus design

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Hana-Kubari twig

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Twig armature

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Lathyrus hana kubari design

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Sweet Pea hana kubari design

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Tutorials

26 April 2017 Hana-Kubari twig

Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

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

1 April 2015 Hana-kubari Bamboo

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,...

2 September 2015 Hana-Kubari Bamboo Stilts with a Hidden Water Source

Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids

19 October 2011 Hana-Kubari chopsticks

Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

Favourite Flowers

Lathyrus

Sweet pea

Related Designs

5 July 2017 Just A Bit

Glue a bit of grass snippets to suspend over the design

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...

9 May 2018 What is the meaning of this?

Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

29 September 2011 Pick-Up Sticks

A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

5 January 2012 Designing Your Way to Profits

Floral Craftsmanship Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

5 September 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Just Right!

My third design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

25 June 2014 Fine Tune

Thread cane through sticks to make a music inspired armature

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

27 January 2016 Well, I'll be

Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems