Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Phalaenopsis orchid cascade over a log slice display
When using a growing plant in your display or design make sure that you can re-hydrate your plant material so that it lasts as long as possible. In this design it is just so easy. The entire plant simply rests over on the split in the bark. Lift it out to soak the orchid and replace. The yellow orchid foliage and the stained husk orchids are attached to the wood and can remain in place while you hydrate the orchids.
For my design I am displaying the orchid over a slice of wood... but you can also use a log... or make your won armature. Book readers turn to page 276... this is another example of what I am explaining there. Only you can make that one yourself.
Remove the wires from the flowering spike.
Place the cascading spike over a branch or wood.
Make sure the flowers fall slightly off center to create an elegant display.
With the plant standing at the back.
If you need to lift the plant slightly to make sure you do not strain the flowering stem to the point where it snaps.
Book readers: Turn to page 188 if you want to give the stems a bit of extra support.
Add all the additional design details to the armature or wood...
So that it is easy to remove the flowering plant to soak it in water... or even replace it once the flowers fade without disturbing the design details.
Paint bamboo husks with strong tea to create a pretty orchid.
Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board
Glue a stack of cardboard circles to create a log-like floral cake
Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature
Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design
A cascade of orchids growing over a slice of wood. Easy to design... and even easier to maintain!
My demonstration looked at ways to use mud to enhance floral art.
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...
My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids
My demonstration explored ways to tell a story with floral art designs
This is the fourth and last design I did for my Floral Fable demonstration.
My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
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...
Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design
This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting.