My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

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Perfection floral art design

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Tutorials

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

5 September 2012 Curling Kyogi Paper

Kyogi paper can be curled if you work with it wet.

28 May 2013 Curling Rattan

Curl and twill rattan tendrils

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

17 July 2012 Guacamole Green Coiled Grass Chameleon

My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass

14 September 2011 Looping the lily grass shape

Loop lily grass around a basic structure or shape made from paper.

14 September 2011 Making the lily grass harness

Loops and straight sections of lily grass connected into a grass harness

25 April 2012 A plait, a braid or a French knot grass collar

"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to...

17 July 2012 Prevent scratches, rust and water stains on display surfaces

This is a great, non permanent way to protect surfaces from damage

1 May 2012 Cinderella Spiral Pumpkin from Midelino Cane Coils

Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature

7 May 2014 Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

Favourite Flowers

Paphiopedilum

Lady Slipper, Slipper orchid

Related Designs

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

19 July 2017 Meraki

A grass armature for one perfect slipper orchid

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

30 January 2019 Around Here

Wind lily leaves to spiral around in a water filled container.

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

15 April 2015 Bowled Over

Weave a sphere armature to complement delicate oncidium orchiods

10 August 2011 Pleated Pleasure

Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the...

14 September 2011 Cool, Collected and Contemporary

My take on harnessing elegance, simply looped from lily grass. Cool, as in attention-grabbing idea. Collected, as in held together. And contemporary as in the latest thing

1 February 2012 Steeling yourself against stealing creativity

I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!

24 April 2012 Words Matter.

Braiding and plaiting and knotting hair is a huge trend in hairdressing at the moment. Intricate little plaits are draped over long flowing hair to add complexity and quirk. ...

1 May 2012 Center the more adventurous design ideas on your centerpieces

Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine </strong><br><br>

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

16 July 2014 Unraveling fast

Weaving foliage to create a lush water scene

27 August 2014 Brought Together

Loosely weave blades of grass together

14 January 2015 Take a load off

Weave slippers from foliage

21 January 2015 Tiptoe through the Tulips

Braid Tulip stems to set in water