My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Popsicle Stick Square Armature

Line a deep square tray with plastic wrap

Line a deep square tray with plastic wrap

Set the Popsicle sticks in the tray and secure with wood glue in a random overlapping pattern

Set the Popsicle sticks in the tray and secure with wood glue in a random overlapping pattern

Build up the shape making sure every connection point is secured with glue

Build up the shape making sure every connection point is secured with wood glue

As a rule I try to glue each stick at three points

As a rule of thumb, I try to glue each stick at three points to the neighbouring sticks

To create dimension built the sticks so that it rests both over and under the other sticks

To create dimension built the sticks so that it rests both over and under the other sticks

Once you have the first layer move on to add the next layer

Once you have the first layer move on to add the next layer

Keep adding layer after layer.

Keep adding layer after layer.

When you have a solid armature set it aside to dry

When you have a solid armature set it aside to dry

Lift the armature from the tray

Lift the armature from the tray

Glue the second Popsicle square in the same way

Glue the second Popsicle square in the same way

Glue in a partially stripped willow stick

Set the armature on a flat working surface and glue in a partially stripped willow stick

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to strip the bark from willow sticks

Set the two armatures upright with a gap between the two

Set the two armatures upright with a gap between the two

Let the armatures balance on the working surface

Let the armatures balance on the working surface

Press a willow twig from one side of the armature straight through to the other side and glue to secure.

Press a willow twig from one side of the armature straight through to the other side and glue to secure.

Keep adding sticks to secure the two armatures

Keep adding sticks to secure the two armatures

Add in some more decorative willow sticks

Add in some more decorative willow sticks

Wrap painters tape around the bottom of four willow sticks as spacers for the armature feet

Wrap painters tape around the bottom of four willow sticks as spacers for the armature feet

Glue in the stick so that only the blue tape sticks out from the bottom of the armature

Glue in the stick so that only the blue tape sticks out from the bottom of the armature

Glue in all four feet.

Glue in all four feet.

Remove the tape

Remove the tape

The armature is now ready to design with

The armature is now ready to design with

Glue in a few willow tips

Glue in a few willow tips, ivy leaves and grape vine tendrils

Popsicle stick armature ready to add flowers

Popsicle stick armature ready to add flowers

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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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