Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Rock Rest for a heavy Protea Flower Head
Rest a rock or pebble on a display surface.
Place the stem in a large water tube and rest the big Protea flower head on the pebble. Find the natural balance point. Turn the stem and see where it naturally rests.
Add a few rosary vines by slipping it into the flower.
Glue hydrangea florets onto thin twigs to create a stem.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to dry Hydrangeas
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to glue stems onto dried hydrangea florets
Place the Hydrangea florets into the flower head. Use tweezers to reach deep into the flower without disturbing the other floral details.
Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.
Give dried hydrangeas (or other dried flowers) a longer stem to make it easier to work with.
I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...
Hold a dried hydrangea flower in the palm of your hand to smooth out the folds
Wrap and weave and twirl and dangle foliage to create a spiral nest
The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.
Create a full design without the weight by stabilizing the flowers with glued sticks. This is a great alternative to floral foam.
Spiral stems around a Ceropegia woodii or Rosary vine.
Wire and glue a few acorns into the fork of a twig to create an Autumn armature
Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform
Drill holes in a piece of lumber and insert dowel sticks to create an armature
Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!
Vanilla Design for the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature
A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies
My second design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.
Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem
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...