My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Ripped Foliage Mesh

Rip any long fibrous leaf (such as typha, flax or cymbidium leaf) into thin strands. See the detail Tutorial below.

Make a small slit in the strand with a pin

Make a small slit in the strand with a pin

Slip a strand through the hole

Slip a strand through the hole

Add a third strand next to the first.

Add another strand next to the first. Make another slit and slip the strand through.

Continue to add strands to build up the mesh pattern

Continue to add strands to build up the mesh pattern

Make a big enough mesh to drape over the design

Make a big enough mesh to drape over the design. Do not cut the foliage ends short.

Drape the mesh over the design

Drape the mesh over the design and pull the foliage ends through the nest and into the water filled vase. Let the flowers open naturally to enmesh with the ripped foliage mesh.

Follow a tapered foliage pattern (see the detail Tutorial for foliage weaving) to create the tails at both ends.

Taper the mesh to create a tail.

Taper the mesh to create a tail by folding the long strands in and weaving it back into the mesh pattern.

Pull the strand tighter to create a tapered effect.

Pull the strand tighter to create a tapered effect.

Tapered tail of the mesh

Tapered tail of the mesh

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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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