My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

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.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to create an open vine cup shaped armature

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

Knot the grass to the vine

Wrap the grass around the opening between the vine in a zig zag pattern

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

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

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

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

Wrap the grass tightly so that it remains in place as it dries

And knot at both ends to secure

And knot at both ends to secure

Add as last drop of glue on every knot to make sure it is secure

Add as last drop of glue on every knot to make sure it is secure

Cup armature ready to design with

Cup armature ready to design with

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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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