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.

30 October 2019 There once was a bat called Tequila, a Halloween story

An all plant zero waste, levitating, twig (with just a splatter of autumn leaves, a breath of spiderweb and float of roots) Halloween decoration with an eerie bat skeleton made...

1 April 2020 Hang in there!

Keeping this tulip upright requires less magic and more hot glue skills... but it looks magical never the less.

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