The Effortless Floral Craftsman: a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature

The Effortless Floral Craftsman: a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature

by Christine de Beer
The Effortless Floral Craftsman: a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature

The Effortless Floral Craftsman: a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature

by Christine de Beer


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Design with flowers in your own authentic, effortless style. In this picture filled guide you will find everything you need to know about crafting with natural design elements, developing your own effortless style of designing and creating meaningful and remarkable floral designs.

Part how to and part why to, The Effortless Floral Craftsman systematically builds floral artistry as page after page reveals the expert design secrets and creative processes behind Christine de Beer’s innovative, award winning floral designs.

With 140 creative design examples and well over 300 step-by-step how to’s, hints and core techniques- (that’s just over 1000 full colour pictures throughout the book!) The Effortless Floral Craftsman is an allround creativity kickstarter for flower design enthusiast, regardless of their skill level, who believes in making an effort to create great work, not just “good enough” work, but their own brand of great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999392321
Publisher: Christine de Beer
Publication date: 03/23/2019
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 348,876
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Christine de Beer is a Master Floral Artist known for her innovative and creative floral art objects and contemporary flower arrangements. She has a distinctive way of crafting with nature which has lead to her being listed as one of the today's most influential floral designers in the world. She has represented Canada in some of the best-known international design shows and has won awards for her floral art in South Africa, America, England, and Canada and her work has been featured in numerous publications, websites and magazines. She is also a columnist writing about floral craftsmanship in the global design inspiration magazine DIY Weddings. Christine studied traditional flower arranging both at college and as a postgraduate apprentice. She achieved her Master Florist/Advanced Floral Artist accreditation in 2010 after winning a design innovation award from the World Association of Floral Artists. As an experimental floral artist, Christine created the My Creative Workbook website ( as a place to capture her floral art and techniques. It has grown into a design resource used by flower enthusiasts from all over the world looking for inspiration or searching for design tutorials. She is passionate about skills development and is a popular design demonstrator and active member of the international floral art club community. Christine designs and lives in Vancouver, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband Marius.

Table of Contents

9 introduction

11 craftsmanship

15 tools, equipment, and design space

16 tool bags

17 tools

24 glue

36 wire

44 ribbon, line, string, and rope

64 design space

69 first aid for your design elements

72 floral first aid

77 harvesting your flowers

82 conditioning your harvest

85 selecting your flowers

86 transporting your flowers

89 conditioning your purchase

92 making the cut

96 special grooming needs

104 designing with succulents

107 designing with tillandsia

110 preserving flowers and foliage

129 hydration and staying put

130 floral foam

137 vases, containers, and hollow alternatives

141 glass

142 metal

143 pottery

145 baskets

147 support

173 armatures and water sources

175 attaching a water source

184 filling water tubes

188 placing flower stems

190 concealing water tubes

194 creative hydration solutions

199 fruits, pods, gourds and vegetables

201 mastery

202 petaling and leafwork

206 pierced, threaded, stacked, and skewered

226 weaving

235 binding

237 wrapping

238 winding

246 braiding

252 coiling

257 effortless style

267 testing the rules

269 the guiding rules

273 crafting an illusion

284 manipulating stems, twigs, and branches

288 manipulating grasses

296 manipulating flowers

304 manipulating leaves, petals and foliage

313 inspiration

355 say it in flowers

359 reciprocity

369 do more than you have to

372 added extras and finishing touches

395 about me

398 flower guide

402 what is in a name?

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