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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

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

I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art designs using the same design techniques and I incorporated my three techniques, where possible, in the other designs just to show how versatile it is.

Technique 1: Weaving

Here is a link to the two designs with their Tutorials: It’s High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques

To weave is to interlace bands or strands or strips of material at right angles to build up a patterned mat, surface or sculptural form.

For my neat Kyogi paper ice-cream cone designs I demonstrated how to do a balanced plain weave, turned diagonal and then shaped in a cone

A plain weave looks like a checker-board...

...and is often described as a "one-up-one-down weave" or...

"over and under" pattern.

For the ice cream part of the design I glued a few strands of ripped dried cymbidium orchid leaves and wove it in and out and around the tiny test tubes and orchids to secure it in place

By combining a neat plain weave with a messy, less dense weave you can create a design that changes from arranged to disordered without being overly obvious

I then showed how to use the weaving technique...

to make a less dense sculptural form...

by weaving random bands of Midelino cane coils into a globe cup.

For a more detailed look at Foliage Weaving

Technique 2: Veneer

Here is a link to the two designs with their Tutorials : It’s High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

A veneer refers to a thin layer of flat sheets or chips or chopped up hard and dry material that is glued onto panels or shapes to give it an altered appearance, added strength, makes it light weight or adds an appearance of greater value.

For my bark veneer cardboard cake design I demonstrated how to layer cardboard and cover it with bark using wood glue giving the stack the appearance of a log or chocolate cake.

The wood glue also seals the cardboard and adds strength to the design.

I then showed how the same veneer technique can be used to create a, sharp edged arc armature, for a floral art design.

A bark chip veneer is a great way to create a precise shape that looks natural but can't be found in nature.

Allowing you to easily cut and glue an extremely light weight and interesting shape without the bulkiness of logs.

More examples of bark veneers are my Bark Wood Wreath used in my Mud!!! Floral Art Demonstration at the Rondebosch Flower Club and the wind spinner blades made for my Harnessing the Wind design and my paper log stack for my Floriography design at the A Floral Fable Design demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging club

Technique 3: Wire

Here is a link to the two designs with their Tutorials: It’s High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

Wire can give a design mechanical support, adds length to stems, support weak or delicate stems and adds decorative and structural details to a design. It is also used for tying, cross knotting, wrapping, bending hooks, binding and so much more!

For my wire twig cupcakes and funnel shaped pick-up-sticks design I chose bind wire to attach the twigs to metal rings

The bind wire (a paper covered wire) creates a strong and stable armature without stealing any of the attention away from the plant material.

See the Tutorial below on how to make your own Paper Covered Wire

For my floral art funnel shaped pick-up-sticks design I demonstrated the value of a stable wired construction...

... by finishing the design with twigs and lilies that are just loosely laid over the design, or hanged from twigs with forks in cut like a natural hook, or suspended with a wire hook

None of the twigs were fixed to the original armature.

As I build up the design it becomes more and more stable...

... until all the loosely suspended twigs form a supportive unit resting on the wired funnel foundation.

Thank you to the members of The Capilano Flower Arranging Club for inviting me to share my ideas with you.

The demonstration favors were the green version of binding wire I used in my demonstration.

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Tutorials

14 January 2013 Floral Ice Cream Cones

Weave a few cones and add orchids to make the floral ice cream cones

14 January 2013 Bark and paper covered Styrofoam stand for ice cream cones

Press a wooden skewer into the Styrofoam to help the cones stand upright when displayed

1 March 2011 Paper covered Wire

Cover the wire with the raffia

14 January 2013 Midelino Cane Coil Globe Cup

Weave a loose, round floral art armature

22 January 2013 Bark Veneer Cardboard Floral Cake

Glue a stack of cardboard circles to create a log-like floral cake

22 January 2013 Bark Veneer Cardboard Cake stands

A quick and easy way to make a cardboard cake stand

22 January 2013 Sharp Edged Arc Armature

A bark chip veneer is a great way to create a precise shape that looks natural but can't be found in nature.

30 January 2013 Weaving ribbon through a twig structure

A great way to dress up baskets or other twig structures

30 January 2013 Twig liners for floral cupcakes

Wire a few twigs around wire spirals to cover the test tubes for tiny floral cups

30 January 2013 Funnel shaped pick-up-sticks armature

By making a very secure armature, it is possible to stack and suspend loose twigs on top of it building on the stable foundation

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This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting</a></strong><br><br>

30 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting