My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Marcescent

Marcescent floral art design.

A leaf...

Japanese maple and oncidium

... withering

Autumn leaves

but

Oncidium orchids

not

Snow flake crystals.

falling

Fall room divider

off

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Tutorials

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

26 April 2011 Weave a willow twig blind

Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.

18 January 2017 Chain-link string and twig armature

By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in

28 May 2014 Bamboo panel

Create a panel for the flowers to hang on

6 September 2011 Twig collar

Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.

8 June 2016 Popsicle Stick Square Armature

Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature

9 December 2015 Scalable twig and Phalaenopsis orchid winterscape panel

This design can easily scale up or down by using larger or smaller pieces of wood to create a larger wall panel or make a few of these panels to stack as tiles to create a more...

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

9 September 2015 Layered sisal and twig armature

small sisal fibers create a mat like armature

25 March 2015 Jiyek Braiding a Pussy Willow Twig Blind

A design inspired by traditional Jiyek braiding techniques

23 July 2014 Twig Chain Garlands

Knot stems into decorative swinging chains

14 August 2013 Haphazard twig Rectangle

Glue a few twigs into a rectangular shape to hang as a space or room devider

8 August 2012 Stringing wool and Spanish moss

Create veil of wool and Spanish moss

Favourite Flowers

Oncidium

Dancing lady

Related Designs

2 May 2018 Over the rainbow

Craft a radiating design that suspends from the orchid stems

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

18 September 2019 It’s a sugar rush!

A perfectly imperfect wild willow wreath to display the first Autumn treasures of the year.

25 April 2011 Drinking straws become flower test tubes

Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

28 May 2014 Be Silent And Listen

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature

6 September 2011 When Autumn Fall

Autumn leaf composite flower

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

9 September 2015 Fall Treasures

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

13 October 2011 Direct Contrasts

I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.

30 April 2015 Layer

Design One from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary...

25 March 2015 Pulling some Strings

Braid a twig blind armature

23 July 2014 Chain of Thought

Knot small stems into decorative chain garlands

14 August 2013 Something Like This

Stack and glue a large twig rectangle to hang as room divider

8 August 2012 Stringing in the rain

A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies

30 March 2016 A Point of Support

My contemporary floral art design demonstrated at the Canada Blooms flower show in Toronto.