My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Construction Lumber and Dowel Spike Armature

Drill holes in a piece of lumber

Clear out the hole before fitting the dowels

The dowel stick should fit snugly in the hole

Wash the wood with a wet brush dipped in a weak mixture of paint or vegetable stain to match the twigs

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to stain with natural dye

Continue to build up the colour of both the dowel sticks and the lumber layer by layer so that you can still see the grain of the wood

Fit the dowel sticks into the hole when the stain is dry

The armature is now ready to design with.

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24 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

26 April 2011 Weave a willow twig blind

Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.

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My contemporary floral art design demonstrated at the Canada Blooms flower show in Toronto.

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Balance the heavy Protea flower head to lean against a rock.