My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


This is the first of my 4 demonstration designs I did for my book launch last week at the Capilano Flower Arranging Club. To read and see more pictures of the demonstration: The effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature Book Launch Demonstration

Rules floral art design

I am a firm believer in rules...

Hydrangea, helleboris and willow floral design

Rules set the standard of conduct and you know what to expect and what is expected of you.

Woven willow armature

I have always been playing with flowers. As a little girl I used to build fairy tales from twigs and petals. But I am a formally trained florist. And I have dedicated much of my creative journey to the art of competition design where misunderstanding or disregarding the rules in your competition schedule means all your hard work and preparations are wasted.

Using tiny drinking straws as water tubes in floral design

Somewhere along my creative journey these rules stuck.

I can't really imagine designing without following "the rules". In fact I have an entire chapter in my book where I discuss the rules- when to bend them and when to follow them. It is important to know how to test those tried and tested design rules so that you can continue to innovate and create your own groundbreaking art.

Hydrangea, helleboris and willow flower arrangement

I go through great lengths to, for instance, add a water source to keep my flowers hydrated. This is one of our foundation rules in competitive designing.

... and a foundation rule in my own way of designing. The rules have become part of my effortless style.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make tiny water tubes from drinking straws.

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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.



Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow


Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia