In a past post, I have listed some of the most common flowers among the vast variety that there are. With flower fondness comes the fascination to learn the art of arranging them beautifully. One of the objectives is to coordinate them in a way that creates a pleasing sight thereby uplifting the mood of a certain occasion. But just like in anything, being able to master the technique of flower arranging requires years of practice. As for me, I am still at the beginning stage of learning from experience and from the experts in our church who are generous enough to share some tips and tricks:
1. The first thing to keep in mind is the type of flowers to be put together. Although the use of our own perspective and taste can produce a satisfactory outcome, it is always better to do some research before hitting the flower market.
2. The second basic technique is the planning of the color combination. For starters, one may consider a monochromatic hue or a complementary set of colors.
3. The third factor to consider is the height of the flowers. In Japanese flower arrangement called Ikebana, the basic principle revolves around the height. The structure of a Japanese flower arrangement is based on a scalene triangle’s three points which are considered to symbolize heaven (the tallest part of the arrangement), earth (the center), and man (the lowest portion).
4. The fourth technique our church “florist” taught us was the manner of inserting the flowers. It may not seem like a big deal but it is for it determines the direction of each strand of flower and thus affects the overall design of the floral cluster.
Below are a few arrangements I was able to pick out from an array of not-so-good designs 😛
Although the principles mentioned above are fundamental to this task, there are a lot more to flower arranging than simply designing a bunch of blooms: it entails choosing and shopping for flowers AND leaves, securing materials such as a sturdy vessel, floral foam, and other tools like gardening scissors and wires, and taking care of these delicate flowers to lengthen their freshness and prevent them from getting damaged.
Other than that, flower arranging is such a delightful endeavor that demands a playful and creative imagination 🙂