Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
No Foam pave design
Here it is: my take on the one design that people argue is "tricky" to design without floral foam. A low pave design. Not tricky at all! It's actually easier to do without foam. And yes, you can pick it up and place it on a wall for a foam free floral wall.
To cover my box I thinned wood glue with water to soak some bleached mulberry bark in.
Smooth the soaked bark around the outside of the box.
Create some dimension by allowing some of the bark pieces to bubble up and extend over the edge of the box.
Set the bark covered box aside to dry completely.
Place a sheet of the bark inside the box and glue it every here and there so that it is secure but not flat to help keep the water tubes in place.
Place the flowers in water filled water tubes and glue the tubes to the bottom of the box.
Glue in a grid of woven grass to keep everything upright and in place
For my design I added grass grid snippets that only cover some areas. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on creating a secure grass snippet here and there grid.
For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...
This grid helps secure flowers in place... and add visual interest by being over rather than under the flowers.
"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to...
Sandals made from bamboo, grass and sisal and a bit of satin ribbon for luxury
Create a full design without the weight by stabilizing the flowers with glued sticks. This is a great alternative to floral foam.
Last Wednesday I had such a flowery fun evening teaching a collaborative floral carpet workshop focusing on braiding and weaving ideas from my book the effortless floral craftsman...
Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa
The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Valentine's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the December 2012...