My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Wax Design 4:

Chrysanthemum Hourglass
This is my "Chrysanthemums in a new light" arrangement for our Floral Trends Design Group Meeting.
Maybe it is because Chrysanthemums are relatively inexpensive or because of their shape, we frequently see them arranged closely together for impact.
This completely dominates the design.
For my design I decided to go in the opposite direction.

Chrysanthemum Hourglass

The Mikado Reed hourglass is visually very strong and tricky- if not impossible to compete with. I decided to deliberately not compete with it. But I still needed my Chrysanthemums to be the central point of the design so rather than fighting for dominance I decided to use colour to distinguish it.

Wax foundation

I used only two colours:
copper and blue green.

Blue Green:I aged copper strips and coins to show effects of time giving them the characteristic blue green “rust” (Patina). I then made the wax foundation to exactly match this blue green. I also painted the hourglass that blue green colour.
Copper:The aged strips of copper point up into the design to lead your eyes to the copper coloured florets that represent sand tumbling down the hourglass.

View from the top

Weave a long length beaded flax string. Weave a grid at the top of the reed hourglass armature. Tie flowers (in drinking straw tubes) to the string to create a garland. Cut the garland into long sections. Suspend the garland from the grid to tumble into the bottom wax foundation.

Patina copper and blue green.

The entire design rest, both structurally and visually, on the wax foundation.

Flax string and chrysanthemum

Flax string and chrysanthemum

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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.




Flax, New Zealand flax


Chrysanthemum or "mums"