My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Incise waxy Gardenia foliage to decorate the edge of a container

Cut a small wedge in the waxy foliage

Cut a small wedge in the waxy foliage...

Just big enough to slip over the edge of the slanted rim of the container.

... just big enough to slip over the edge of the slanted rim of the container.

Make a stack of the foliage and cut them at the same time so that the wedge is similar in size.

Make a stack of the foliage and cut them at the same time so that the wedge is similar in size.

Add as many leaves as you require

Add as many leaves as you require. If you want to suspend many flowers it might be better to add leaves all the way around for extra support.

Place a pretty twig so that the foliage support it in an upright position.

Place a pretty twig so that the foliage support it in an upright position.

Touch your fingers to lemon before handling the gardenia

Gardenia flowers will start to get a creamy hue as they are exposed to air. Try to avoid touching it, by handling the stem not the flower. Wet your hands and touch your fingers to lemon while handling the gardenia flower because the petals react to the acids and oils on your fingers.

You can also spray the flowers with lemon water (90% water 10% lemon) to slow down the yellowing.

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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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