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.
Gently peel the leaf from the stem.
... allowing the stem end to curl.
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 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.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make a syringe with a tube.
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
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.
Long stemmed autumn leave tubes as a floral armature
Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems
Tie a bundle of lily grass in a bundle to offer support for your flowers.
Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.
Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.
I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.
This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration