My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Hanging Twig Line-Up

Carefully bend a twig to make it more pliable

Carefully bend a twig to make it more pliable so that you can manipulate it.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to manipulate twigs.

Cushion the twig with your finger to cure it rather than bend it at a sharp angle

Cushion the twig with your finger to curve it rather than bend it at a sharp angle

Carefully curve it more and more

Carefully curve it more and more...

Until you can roll it into a double loop

... until you can roll it into a double loop.

Hold the two ends together with your finger

Hold the two ends together with your finger...

Secure the loops with a willow stem

.. and secure the loops with a willow stem

Wrap the willow around the loops

Wrap the willow around the loops.

Secure by weaving the stem into the wrapped loop

Secure by weaving the stem into the wrapped loop.

Cut the stems for the spine of the hanging design.

Cut the stems for the spine of the hanging design. You can cut the stems to any length. To add visual interest I varied the stems to combine in a bundle.

Place the stems together on a flat working surface

Place the stems together on a flat working surface.

Secure the stems with a willow knot

Secure the stems with a willow knot.

Push the first horizontal stem through the twig bundle

Push the first horizontal stem through the twig bundle.

Move down the armature and add as many horizontal twigs as you require

Move down the armature and add as many horizontal twigs as you require.

Add two more twigs to every horizontal twig

Add two more twigs to every horizontal twig. One over the middle twig bundle and one under.

Secure the twigs with raffia or willow

Secure the twigs with raffia.

This create a pretty view from all sides if the design spins

This creates a pretty view from all sides if the design spins.

Hang the armature from the top loop

Hang the armature from the top loop.

Glue in water tubes for the fresh plant material to sty hydrated

Glue in water tubes for the fresh plant material to remain hydrated

I make tiny water tubes from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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