My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Stem line-up

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place. For more detailed instructions on how to fill a container with snippets see the Tutorials below

Place a container on it's side on a working surface

Place a container on it's side on a working surface and fill it with twig and stem snippets.

For my design I used heliconia stems and fiddle head fern stems.

Alternate between the two coloured stems.

Alternate between the two coloured stems and set it down in the basic pattern you want it in when you turn the container upright.

When the container is filled with stems lift it upright

When the container is filled with stems lift it upright.

Move the stems around to create your basic design and let the stems settle in place

Move the stems around to create your basic design and let the stems settle in place.

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water.

Add more stem if required

Add more stem if required. For my design I added a few clear acrylic tubes for visual interest.

Place the heliconia stems.

Place the heliconia stems. Make sure there is enough water in the container to keep the flowers hydrated.

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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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