Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bamboo cross-hatch spacers
Design Note: Cross hatching is a sketching technique used to add shadow and dimension to drawn objects by drawing lines that crosses over each other to create a darker effect.
Cut a hand full of small bamboo snippets
Cut one of the snippets in half.. these are the horizontal legs for the cross hatch.
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Glue in the next bamboo snippet to cross over the first.
Glue in the next bamboo snippet next to it... the idea is two snippets that are horizontal and crossing over that two vertical snippets...
... play up the fact that these were hand made by making each cross hatch slightly different. This not only adds visual interest but also value... now it's a work of art!
Book readers: turn to page 150 for an impossibly delicate version of this design... and an alternative to hang your design from.
Glue the spacers into the design.
This design can be hanged from anywhere... a case filled with twigs or a branch.
Thread grass into flexi grass to create a spinner that gently turns in the wind.
Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from
Add a bit of shadow and dimension to a flat armature by using the sketch technique of cross hatching.
Armatures are great (budget friendly) spacers for creating large floral designs without using an enormous amount of your resources.
A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show