My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Muted Side Up Autumn Leaf Pod

For this design I made a papier mache pumpkin half. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions.

Look carefully at the autumn leaf

Look carefully at the autumn leaf. The front is vivid and brightly coloured...

Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .

... turn the leaf over so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme.

I wanted my outside leaf pattern to have all the stems pointing down but not in a perfect roof tile effect so I started placing leaves at the stem end and moved out and upwards.

Glue the leaves around the stem of the paper pumpkin-pod

Glue the leaves around the stem of the paper pumpkin-pod

Add leaves down and around the paper shape

Add leaves down and around the paper shape.

Extend the leaves over the paper rim

Extend the leaves over the paper rim

Add a few leaves to break up the neat pattern

Because the inside is more random I added a few leaves on the outside to break up the neat pattern so that the design look more natural than crafted, with just a touch of contrast between the two.

Set the shape aside to dry slightly

Set the shape aside to dry slightly. The leaves will shrink as it dries. Fill in any visible gaps by adding fresh leaves.

Flip the paper pod over to work on the inside

Flip the paper pod over to work on the inside

Place a line of floral glue on the leaf

Place a line of floral glue on the leaf. This is the side that will be facing down.

Cup the leaf gently and glue just the line to the paper

Cup the leaf gently and glue just the line to the paper. It is important that both ends of the leaf should have no glue on it.

Place the second leaf just under the first

Place the second leaf just under the one end of the first leaf.

Place the next leaf so that it props up the first two

Place the next leaf so that it props up the first two

Continue adding leaves

Continue adding leaves, tucking each leaf slightly under the one next to it so that it props it up.

Add leaves at a completely random pattern letting the stem ends extend

Add leaves at a completely random pattern letting the stem ends extend

Glue the leaves tightly so that no paper will show when it shrinks as it dries

Glue the leaves tightly so that no paper will show when it shrinks as it dries

Fill the entire inside of the shape with leaves

Fill the entire inside of the shape with leaves

Add a few leaves to look like the are resting lightly on the edge.

Add a few leaves to look like the are resting lightly on the edge.

Add a few twigs

Place a few water tubes to nestle in the leaves and fill. Add a few twigs, tiny leaves...

and white roots to bring out the white of the orchids

... and just white roots to bring out the white of the orchids

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on growing roots for your design

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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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