Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid
In the last few years breeding has led to orchids becoming easier to care for. Though the large clusters of 10 flowers on a stem is still popular a small Phalaenopsis hybrid was also released. This Mini-Phalaenopsis have tiny blossoms. Another new breed is the Harlequin-hybrid. These flowers have small patches of burgundy or red.
Many variations of white, green, gold, orange, pink, purple and lilac.
Great as a cut flower, great roots to drape and weave with, great as a pot plant. By far my first choice to design with!
Give the stem a fresh cut preferably keeping a section of the main stem attached to the flower stem and condition in deep water. Flowers can be revived by bathing them in lukewarm water. As flowering plant: up to three months. After flowers fade give the spike a clean cut just above the second or third node to encourage re-flowering. The entire plant can also be conditioned to use in an arrangement by removing the growth medium and submerging in warm water overnight.
This armature is actually made of four times as many leaves as what it looks like to create a hinge to fan the entire leaf-tube open yet keep it's shape.
Fold and thread an autumn leaf armature for a thankful Thanksgiving design
Adding tension to a design with a grass frame and collar.
Thread grass into flexi grass to create a spinner that gently turns in the wind.
This week I am so excited to share my article and design that was published in the recent issue of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand's Academy Magazine for NZ qualified...
I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.
A bit of a planned-messy woven basket that is sturdy enough to carry small items.
My article and grass wedding basket design.
Craft a delicate bridal basket from twigs and tulle.
My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
A Merry Christmas Twig Snowflake
Secure two lichen covered branched to rest around the neck of a curvy vase.
The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
Craft a slightly off center wreath from dried vines and grasses for Phalaenopsis orchids.
Tie a bundle of lily grass in a bundle to offer support for your flowers.
Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket
Sometimes the best way to hide something in your design is right in the open
Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle
Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.
Inspired by Hath panjas or Indian hand jewelry an easy and comfortable alternative to a corsage
My article and body flowers design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Glue the twigs in a container to easily follow the round shape
Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack
Criss-cross corset style connect the gaps in a Monstera deliciosa leaf
My article and Bamboo Lantern design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below
Looking at how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design problems.
A design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design group in South Africa exploring how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design...
To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:
A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids
Glue reeds on a wire frame to create a dimensional armature to suspend orchids in
Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips
Petroleum jelly is both waterproof and not water soluble it creates a waterproof barrier to keep the water from leaking out of the vials when you hang it upside down. In fact,...
A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show
My article and a floral parasol design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids
My article and twig boutonniere design featured in the Winter issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine </strong>
My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the <strong> New Zealand Floral Design Magazine</strong>
My article and lace fine wreath design featured in the Autumn issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>
My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>
A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line
My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
My first design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
My demonstration looked at ways to use mud to enhance floral art.
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...
I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.
Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.
A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept.
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...
After our second Canada visit in 2009 I did a demonstration entitled "Canada" at the Durbanville Flower Club in South Africa
A look at the Old and New of Floral art
My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids
So much goes into one stage design that I thought it would be worthwhile to break up the design elements and explore each in more detail.
When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.
How to condition Orchids to use as plants in an arrangement without placing the roots in a growth medium
I wanted my design to feature mostly growing plants- creating a natural display on the supernatural wreath.