My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Willow and Rose heart armature

Temporarily secure two willow stems with butterfly clips

Temporarily secure two willow stems with butterfly clips.

Press a pliable willow stem between the clasps of the clip

Press a pliable willow stem between the clasps of the clip.

Wind the willow stem around the first two stems

Wind the willow stem around the first two stems making sure to catch the end of the winding stem to secure.

Wind the stem tightly over its own end and down the two willow stems

Remove the clips and continue to wind the stem tightly around its own stem-end and down the two willow stems

Knot the end of the winding stem

Knot the end of the winding stem.

Shape the two willow twigs to create a heart

Shape the two willow twigs to create a heart.

And wrap the willow to secure

And wrap the willow to secure...

To create your basic heart outline.

... to create your basic heart outline.

Weave a few stems around this shape to make it strong

Weave a few stems around this shape to make it strong enough to carry the miniature roses.

Weave in more stems to colour in the heart shape

Weave in more stems to colour in the heart shape.

Craft the heart flat on a working surface so that it remains neatly shaped

Craft the heart flat on a working surface so that it remains neatly shaped. If it bends out of shape while weaving set it back on the working surface and press it flat.

Place a willow twig in a container

Place a willow twig, at an angle, in a container.

Cut two sturdy willow twigs to wedge into the glass container

Cut two sturdy willow twigs to wedge into the glass container to keep the upright twig in place.

For more details see the Tutorial below.

Place the heart shape on the twig

Place the heart shape on the twig. Hold it with clips so that you can, at this stage, adjust it to get it to lean just so.

Replace the clips with cable ties

Replace the clips with cable ties.

Glue in the water tubes to keep the roses hydrated

Glue in the water tubes to keep the roses hydrated.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make water tubes from drinking straws.

Add the fresh roses to the design

Fill the water tubes and add the fresh roses to the design.

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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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