My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept

It could be the tried and tested elements and principals of design. It could be a well developed show schedule. Or it could be a gracious designer-friend (or evaluation judge) who understands your work.
Or it could be your intuition. The problem with design intuition is that it develops from past experiences. Using your intuition as a touchstone leads you to where you always go.
As you develop your design skills make sure you also renew your design intuition in the direction of where you want to go.

Floral Touchstone

Design note: Flowers like Allium and Tulips are especially well suited to be skewered.

Skewer Armature

The wounds created by the skewers divert the plants energy to healing rather than growing, perfectly preserving the curls in the stems just as you want it. The Phalaenopsis orchid is in a test tube hanging from a skewer.

Touchstone Oasis Pebbles

Touchstone Oasis Pebbles

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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.




Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid