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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate) floral art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society

As with any floral art design, the main focus is on the flowers. It is always the flowers that tells the story of your design. Accessories and armatures are there to support the flowers, to frame and highlight, but it is the flowers that conveys the message. And what other flower can tell the story of chocolate better than chocolate cosmos?

If there is an "it" flower right now, it really must be the Chocolate Cosmos. And rightly so. These delicate little flowers are spectacular.
The chocolate cosmos is native to Mexico, where the flower is now extinct in the wild because the seeds are sterile.
The plants are propagated by dividing the tubers and it has been re-introduced in cultivation.
The flowers have a wonderful vanilla and chocolate fragrance that is especially noticeable late in the afternoon.

The armatures are all based on a wreath design, but deconstructed to create something larger and more elaborate. A medley of seasonal grasses, leaves, pods and pumpkins merely accessorize the designs.

Over the next four weeks I will add each of the designs, their concepts and chocolate facts, with related Tutorials.

I began all four of my designs kept upright with Twig Tangles and we discussed the importance of a stable structure as a foundation to a structural design.
Here is a link to have a more detailed look at Floral Art structures, constructions and armatures similar to those used in the demonstration"I found it this way" Design demonstration Floral Art Twig Tangles

The first design: Loosen up!

The armature was made by soaking a dry wreath to make it more pliable and the loosening it up to create more depth.

Grasses are draped over the vine wreath to create an armature for the plant material to nestle in.

The second design: Snipped into sections

Snip the dried vine wreath into large sections to use the dried curve to create a goblet or cup shaped armature

Weave delicate blades of grass between the wreath sections to fill in the cup shape.

Add some flax to add movement and height and to emphasize the chocolate cosmos flowers

Add the chocolate (cosmos) to the cup.

The third design: Another perspective

For the next design I went the opposite direction and instead of opening the wreath to create a large design, I narrowed the inside curve to create a spiral that starts out small and then gets bigger.

The spiral is secured with tiny pegs and the rest of the "chocolate chip cookie" shape is filled out by creating sisal fibers and grasses stiffened into shape with wood glue

Add the plant material to nestle low in the cookie shape

... insert the stems of chocolate cosmos and...

... gently float a few autumn leaves on the armature

I then expanded on this wood glue technique, to finally create an actual wreath design.

Design four: Worth a second look

The last design was this impossibly delicate wreath armature

The armature was made of dried Baby's Breath stems and grasses, glued securely to create a delicate looking armature...

On which I placed the tiny chocolate cosmos buds, still firmly closed, to look scattered like cocoa beans throughout the wreath. I also added autumn leaves and pods

Thank you to the BC Floral Art Society for inviting me to demonstrate at your meeting

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Tutorials

4 May 2016 Loosened Wreath Armature

Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container

9 November 2016 Loosen up a vine wreath to create an upright armature

Soak a vine wreath to make it easier to manipulate into an armature deep enough to nestle plant material in

7 September 2012 The Three legged trick for Upright Constructions

When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.

Related Designs

16 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Snipped into Sections

This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

23 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Another perspective

This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

30 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Worth a second look

This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

8 March 2017 Piece of the forest

Standing roses upright in a shallow container

9 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Loosen Up

This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

7 April 2011 Floral Art Demonstrations

When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.

30 March 2016 Floral Designs From Around The World

A demonstration presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto, Canada I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United...

14 January 2013 It is High Time for Tea. Floral Craft and Art demonstration at the The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

This is an overview of the Floral Art and Craft Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club. I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art...

14 August 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society club meeting

My four designs explored the Goldilocks Principle and how designers can use it to keep their enthusiasm for their floral art work alive.

15 March 2012 A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club

My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs

1 April 2011 A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group

A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group with music, narration and pictorial presentation.

30 March 2011 Garden Wreath Workshop and Demonstration

Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa