My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Too Cold!

This is the first design I did for my Just Right! Floral Art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society club meeting

My easy technique was using wood glue to add wool to the design.

My four designs explored the Goldilocks Principle and how designers can use it to keep their enthusiasm for their floral art work alive.

When we are designing, it is possible to be influenced by extremes. On the one hand, if your work becomes predictable and you remain in your comfort zone you will become bored with your designs,or if you work in the opposite extreme and your work is always too hard to do you will become frustrated and give up.

What you want is to find your own Just right!

Design 1: Too cold! ... in my comfort zone.

Floral Art demonstration design Too Cold.

It is our "porridge" design. We all have a staple technique.

An all too easy "go to" technique that you know well and can always rely on.

But if you are honest with yourself you have to admit that after a while it leaves you rather cold, knowing you can push further.

The aim is to avoid being bored with your own work- it means it is too easy for you to do.

Phalaenopsis or Moth orchids flutter casually through the long stems of wild grass.

Phalaenopsis or Moth orchids flutter leisurely through the long blades of wild grass

Informal design.

It is a very casual, easy going design. In fact, only the Phalaenopsis orchids save the design from looking like it was discovered in an overgrown field at the end of summer.

Wool details add texture and interest to the informal design

Wool details add texture and interest to the informal design

Driftwood nestles onto the glass bottles.

Driftwood nestles onto the glass bottles. The bottles are filled with water keeping the grass and all but a single orchid hydrated. The tiny wayward orchid flutters to the edge of the design in its own drinking straw test tube.

A sure sign for me when I am in my comfort zone is when I don’t even bother to take a picture of my design

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

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.




Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid