My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

"I found it this way" demonstration Floral art Structures: Twig Tangles

This is the first design I did for my "I found it this way" Floral art demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging Club .
I began all four of my designs with basic armatures made of Twig Tangles

The twig tangles create a basic armature for the designs to be suspended from. Each design is crafted in such a way that it almost looks like a foraged or "found" natural object

Make sure that your basic structure is as stable as possible so that you need not adjust the design as you go along.

Three legged armatures

The best way to do this is to balance your armature on three legs...

When it is completely secure add more twigs to create more stability and strength

... and only when it is completely secure, add more twigs to create more stability and strength.

Twist the wire around the twigs in a figure eight to secure

Twist the wire around the twigs in a figure eight to secure

Armatures for the demonstration:

The first design: Spiderweb

Spider web twig tangle

Spider web twig tangle

The second design: Wasp nest

Wasp nest twig tangle

Wasp nest:

Third design: Leaf nests twig tangle

Leaf nests twig tangle

Leaf nest twig tangle

The fourth design: Bird nest

Birds nest twig tangle

Bird nest twig tangle

For more detailed instructions on how to design a three legged armature see the Tutorial below

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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.



Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

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