• Minimal Style Flower Arranging
The minimal arrangement is great to
use for an indoor decoration. The main focus is kept at
the focal flower and few others are used. Minimal
arrangements can be created by determining the height
using a vertical line of flowers, and providing a
horizontal line of flowers to give a basic outline. This
is an arrangement were the “less is more” theory
• Lazy "S" or "Hogarth's Curve" Style Flower
Called the Lazy “S” as flowers are
arranged to form an approximate “S” shape, this
arrangement is a very complex type and usually requires
a lot of professional skill. This type of arrangement
is visualized as two semicircles, one placed on top of
the other with the focal area being between both the
upward and downward curving lines. The stems of flowers
used in this arrangement are bent into gentle curves.
• Fan-Shaped Style Flower Arranging
shaped designs are half circles, one-sided and
symmetrically balanced. They are typically wider than
they are tall. It is noted that this particular shape
technically should be twice as wide as it is tall. The
materials used in this style appear to radiate from the
central point and are designed with equal weight on each
side of the central vertical axis. The materials on
each side may look alike, or as long as both sides are
equal to the eye, the flowers need not be the same. To
help keep the visual balance of the design, smaller and
lighter colored flowers are normally used at the outer
areas with the larger and darker or brighter flowers
placed closer to the center.
landscape style flower arrangement is one that resembles
a large area of nature such as manicured gardens or
landscaped areas. They use foliage, flowers and branches
to represent the landscape design. They are usually
arranged with taller materials in in the back, making
the arrangement display one sided. The use of clay
pots, twigs, rocks, moss, sand, etc., are used to add
detail to the arrangement. Most of the materials used
are found within the same environment and during the
same seasonal period.
flower arranging technique from Japan is the Ikebana. As with everything
from the orient, this technique is not just about putting flowers together but
has an underlying philosophy and set of rules that result in awe inspiring
arrangements. The delicate use of leaves, twigs and seed pods in addition with
the flowers bring out the unison that exists in Nature and how it can be used to
create beauty with the use of minimum resources. Ikebana, though a complete art
in itself is not esoteric. There is plenty of room for amateurs and anyone
willing to put in a little time and effort can acquire sufficient skills to make
beautiful arrangements. The masterpieces though would require a highly skilled
expert to work on them.
Judith A. Babb is a self-taught floral design expert and author of “Flower
Arrangements Made Simple”, loves to see everyone enjoy the beauty of flower
arrangements has created an easy step-by-step guide available at
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