My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Weave green strips of willow bark into a nest

Strip the green bark from willow sticks

Strip the green bark from willow sticks

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to strip bark from willow

Set strips of willow bark down horizontally on a flat working surface

Set strips of willow bark down horizontally on a flat working surface

Weave a strip of bark through the strips on the working surface

Weave a strip of bark through the strips on the working surface. I am using a basic under and over weaving pattern.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to weave with foliage

Weave in a second strip

Weave in a second strip

and a third strip of willow bark

... and a third strip of willow bark

Continue to add strips of fresh bark until you run out of weaving space

Continue to add strips of fresh bark until you run out of weaving space

Set the willow strips in a round bowl.

Set the willow strips in a round bowl.

The bowl should be only slightly larger than the willow weave

The bowl should be only slightly larger than the willow weave

Set another bowl over the weave inside the larger bowl to press it into the dome shape

Set another bowl over the weave inside the larger bowl to press it into the dome shape

Set it aside for the bark to dry into the shape

Set it aside for the bark to dry into the shape

As the bark dries it will curl and shrink

As the bark dries it will darken in colour, curl and shrink

Lift the small bowl from the willow nest.

Lift the small bowl from the willow nest.

The willow bark now follows the dome contours of the bowl

The willow bark now follows the dome contours of the bowl

Woven willow bark nest ready to design with

Woven willow bark nest ready to design with

Set the nest over the neck of a small vase

Set the nest over the neck of a small vase

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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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