My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

Press wire into styrofoam

Press two lengths of wire into a block of styrofoam

Skewer Eucalyptus leaves through both of the wires

Skewer Eucalyptus leaves through both of the wires

Continue to skewer leaves

Continue to skewer leaves

Create a stack of skewered leaves.

Create a stack of skewered leaves. The amount will depend on how long the container is

Gently remove the leaves

Gently remove the leaves from the Styrofoam

Place the stack of leaves on a glass container

Place the stack of leaves on a glass container and bend the wire to secure the leaves

This keeps the Eucalyptus leaves frojm slipping from the wire

This keeps the Eucalyptus leaves frojm slipping from the wire

Move the first leaf to the opposite end and bend the wires to secure the leaves on that side

Move the first leaf to the opposite end and bend the wires to secure the leaves on that side

Letting the wire rest above the container

Letting the wire rest above the container.

Move the leaves down the wire

Move the leaves down the wire

Position the leaves using a tweezer

Position the leaves using a tweezer

Place a small drop of floral glue on the wire ends and glue a leave to hide

Place a small drop of floral glue on the wire ends and glue a leave to hide the wire

Set the armature aside for the leaves to dry

Once dry it will keep it's shape even with flowers resting on the leaves

Once dry it will keep it's shape even with flowers resting on the leaves

Snip the Eucomis flowers

Snip the Eucomis flowers from the stem and make sure the stems are just longer than the thickness of the Eucalyptus leaves, this way the stems are in water but not the dried leaves

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water

To just below the leaf line

To just below the leaf line

Design note:

Tomato stems

I placed tomato stems on the leaves and bend blades of grass to shadow the design

See the Tutorials below for more details on how to add crystal beads to delicate designs and how to bend the grass

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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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Eucomis

Pineapple flowers or pineapple lilies, the Afrikaans names for the flowers are Wildepynappel or Krulkoppie and the Zulu name is Umathunga