My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Cut grass flat at one side.

Cut a hand full of grass flat at one side.

Wrap an elastic band around the grass to keep it together

Wrap an elastic band around the grass to keep it together. As you cut the grass keep moving the elastic band down the length of the blades of grass.

Place the first hand full of short blades of grass in a small container.

Place the first hand full of short blades of grass in a small container. Tilt the container slightly to keep the blades from falling over diagonally

Add another hand full

Add another hand full

Carefully pat the grass in place with your finger.

Carefully pat the grass in place with your finger.

Start adding smaller clumps of grass to create a pleasing pattern

Start adding smaller clumps of grass to create a pleasing pattern

Trim away any stands of grass

Trim away any stands of grass that sticks out

Pour in a little bit of water

Pour in a little bit of water

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Tutorials

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

Related Designs

7 May 2014 Serendipity

Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

4 July 2018 Wonder

Tie a bundle of grass to support your floral details

30 January 2019 Around Here

Wind lily leaves to spiral around in a water filled container.

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog