My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Cross hatch Twig Armature

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.

Trace a large circular shape on paper

Trace a large circular shape on paper.

Cross hatch the outline to determine where you want the twigs to create a shaded area

Cross hatch the outline to determine where you want the twigs to create a shaded area

To make it easier to remove the armature once glued cover the outline with either plastic or glass

To make it easier to remove the armature once glued cover the outline with either plastic or glass. For my design I simply placed the glass container back on the paper sketch and glued my twigs over that. Take care not to glue the twigs to the glass or the plastic.

Cut the twigs into snippets and start to build up the pattern

Cut the twigs into snippets and start to build up the pattern.

My rule is to glue each twig in at least three places to another twig

My rule is to glue each twig in at least three places to another twig. This is the best way to make sure the armature is strong enough to carry the weight of the flowers.

Continue to fill in the outline shape

Continue to fill in the outline shape. Glue in more twigs to the cross hatched section.

Add in shorter twigs and cross hatch them with the longer twigs

Add in shorter twigs and cross hatch them with the longer twigs.

Extend a few twigs over the disk shape so that you can complete the circle on the lighter side

Extend a few twigs over the disk shape so that you can complete the circle on the lighter side.

Be mindful of where you want the most twigs

Be mindful of where you want the most twigs to add shade to the shape and just a few twigs on the opposite side to add the light.

Carefully lift the armature from the outline

Carefully lift the armature from the outline... it's ready to design with.

For contrast I broke up the straight twig pattern with some tendrils

For contrast I broke up the straight twig pattern with some tendrils and vine branches...

Make sure to add some design details to peek through from the back

And as you add the floral details make sure to add some colourful bits to peek through from the back.

And I glued in a few more branches to finish the design

And after adding the flowers and dried Chinese lanterns, I glued in a few more branches to extend over from the front to finish the design.

I dried the lanterns and placed the flowers in drinking straw water tubes. Here are the Tutorials:

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Tutorials

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

23 March 2012 Drying Physalis sepals

Every Autumn we see the beautiful Physalis pods everywhere but they are easy to dry and preserve to use year round.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

12 July 2017 Twig sparkler

Glue twigs to radiate out from a central point

10 April 2019 Twig cloud mobile

Wire a sturdy cloud shaped armature to hang a heavier water source for thirsty Wisteria flowers.

6 February 2019 Winter White Twig Screen

Glue twigs to screen delicate flowers for a wintry design.

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

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

2 October 2013 Spiny Twig Porcupine Armature

Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on

29 January 2014 Twig Shooting Star

Wire and glue a twig armature

24 July 2012 Stacked Twig Roundabout

This is a great way to use all those bits of twigs and sticks in your design room to make a floral armature

Favourite Flowers

Physalis

Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry

Alstroemeria

Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas

Related Designs

2 October 2019 Cross-hatch a Shadow Bright Autumn

A clever trick borrowed from art techniques to add dimension to a bright and colourful Autumn floral design.

12 July 2017 Sparkler

A radiating twig design

10 April 2019 Just Like Wisteria Rain

Craft a ethereal design from twigs and wisteria flowers

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature

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

29 September 2011 Pick-Up Sticks

A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

29 January 2014 Glued to stay just so

Wire and glue a twig armature

24 July 2012 A little bit of Art and Soul

A twig structure with roses