Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Sliced Grassy Cabbage
Let the cabbage rest on a working surface to find it's natural balance point
Slice a chunk away from the cabbage on the opposite side of the stem so that the head stays intact.
Cut open a lemon and rub it over the cabbage to prevent it from going brown
Place the stems of the plant material in the leaf cavities
Thin stems can be hydrated by sinking thin drinking straws filled with water in the cavities
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make a water source from drinking straws
Press the firm part of a blade of grass between the cabbage leaves to make it stand upright
Work from one side and slowly add blades of thin grass
Adding blade after blade to almost completely cover the surface
Gather the grass and let it curl over your hand
Coaxing it into a permanent curve
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
I wanted my pumpkin to lift its head slightly so that it is easy to see the beautiful sepals inside. Making tiny legs also prevent the pumpkin from rolling.
Make a small grass "propeller" by pinning blades of grass into the design
To create this huge Protea I took apart nine Protea flower heads and glued the tepals and bracts back on to a polystyrene ball to create a large Protea composite flower that is...
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect
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...
My first design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
Gypsophilla design with Celtic love knots featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Romantic rose centerpiece with just a bit of an edge featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.