My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Gently peel leaves from the stalk to create a twisted stem end

Make a small cut into the stem right where the leaf and stem meets

Make a small cut into the stem right where the leaf and stem meets.

Gently peel the leaf from the stem

Gently peel the leaf from the stem.

Allow the stem end to curl

... allowing the stem end to curl.

Roll the leaves into tubes and secure with a small drop of glue

Roll the leaves into tubes and secure with a small drop of glue.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to curl leaves into tubes... and how to remove floral glue spills.

For my design I place the leaves in bud vases

For my design I place the leaves in bud vases to keep my floral material in place.

Top up the water level to make sure the fresh flower material remains hydrated for as long as possible

Top up the water level to make sure the fresh flower material remains hydrated for as long as possible.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make a syringe with a tube.

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Tutorials

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

23 March 2013 Rolling leaf tubes

Roll foliage to create tubes

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

11 November 2015 Balancing the curved stems of dried Autumn leaf tubes

Long stemmed autumn leave tubes as a floral armature

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

5 October 2016 Folded leaf nest

Leaf armature made of rolled mini Monstera leaves

4 July 2018 Bundle Support

Tie a bundle of lily grass in a bundle to offer support for your flowers.

21 February 2018 Stem line-up

Line up stems to create a base for the heavy Hanging Heliconia stems

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

7 May 2014 Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Lathyrus

Sweet pea

Related Designs

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

8 May 2013 So happy together

Glue a sisal bubble for a few delicate flowers to rest in

11 November 2015 Balancing Act

Bend dried fall leaves to balance on the edge of a glass container

23 March 2013 Today I'll be

Silhouette design using glasses filled with water

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

5 October 2016 I found it this way: Leaf nest design

This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

4 July 2018 Wonder

Tie a bundle of grass to support your floral details

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

7 May 2014 Serendipity

Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids