Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Weaving grass to create a delicate mesh cup armature
I wanted a really delicate, see-through armature to frame my tiny chocolate cosmos flowers so I wove grass in panels around the vine shape.
Cut a vine wreath into snippets to create a cup shaped armature. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I made this one
Knot the grass to the vine
Wrap the grass around the opening between the vine in a zig zag pattern
Secure the grass to the vine with a drop of glue and hold it in place with a butterfly clip
Continue to fill in the gaps between the vines by wrapping grass around it. Keep it light and airy so that it doesn't overwhelm the delicate flowers later
Keep the clips in place for the glue to dry completely
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I use butterfly hair clips to keep floral details in place while glue dries
Wrap the grass tightly so that it remains in place as it dries
And knot at both ends to secure
Add as last drop of glue on every knot to make sure it is secure
Cup armature ready to design with
For my "I found it this way" Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club, I began all four of my designs with basic armatures made of Twig Tangles and we...
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger
This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...
I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
This was the first two designs for my Floral Art and craft demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club
Oncidium orchids hiding in a woven grass cup. This Design Tutorial is featured on The Conna Flower and Garden Club (Ireland) website. It is part of their Floral Art Lessons...