Roses are red, Violets are blue

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Here is a beginner’s guide to a DIY flower arrangement. Pic creds: @soilandstem

Words by Felise Seah   |   Photo by soilandstem on Instagram
 

Flower arrangements date back to over centuries ago and are recognised as decors to spruce up homes while giving a fresh and vibrant look to the space. While it may be fortunate that one can afford to purchase a bouquet worth hundreds of dollars, nothing beats the sentimental value in curating your own flowers.

There are several flower arrangement techniques but the three main ones are Ikebana, Oriental, and Western.

Ikebana 生け花, "living flowers") is a Japanese flower arrangement with various styling types, in which each style belongs to a different historical era. The focus of Ikebana is the overall line and plants used to create an asymmetric and minimalistic artwork. One such type is the ‘Moribana’, also known as (盛花 “piled up flowers”)  is a commonly practiced styling technique since 1897. This style has evolved from its traditional roots to modern adaptations by incorporating flowers with a Western origin.

Oriental flower arrangements adapt the concept of Yin and Yang. In this context, Yin refers to a docile exterior, represented by soft coloured flowers that are displayed in vines or vases. On the other hand, Yang refers to a masculine image, represented by flamboyant colors with shaped blooms and upright stems. Lilies (especially the Calla Lily), Peonies, and Irises are most commonly used in oriental arrangements.

The majority of Western flower arrangements are made with symmetric designs in contrast to the asymmetric designs in the Ikebana arrangement. The emphasis is on using mass flowers to create a visual of fuller flowers and petals. Also, there are no Kenzas (needlepoint holder) or Suibans (shallow container) used in Western flower styling. Regular vases and flower foams would suffice.

 

DIY BASIC IKEBANA

What you need:

A vessel (porcelain, just something that isn’t flashy)

A floral frog to hold the flowers and stems

3 cherry blossom branches

3 pink roses (Trim accordingly, first longest stem, second longest stem, and the shortest stem)

Ikebana scissors (get them off ebay)

LONGEST BRANCH

Don’t trim the longest cherry blossom branch that you have, make sure it’s at least 1.5 times longer than the rest of the stems.

SECOND LONGEST BRANCH

Trim it such that it’s ¾ the length of the longest cherry blossom branch

SHORTEST  BRANCH

Trim it such that it’s ¾ the length of the second longest cherry blossom branch

STEP 1

Place frog at this position (7 o clock direction) in the vessel

STEP 2

Place the longest branch at a 2 o clock position on the floral frog. Adjust the branches and make sure they are comfortably spaced apart

STEP 3

Place the second longest branch at a 1 o clock position and adjust the branches such that it looks like that (shows illustration)

Place the shortest branch at 11 o clock position and adjust the branches such that it looks like that (shows illustration)

STEP 4

Place the roses according to your creative intuition, make sure it’s simple and asymmetrical and in line. Cover the floral frog with all the leaves or petals. Once you’re done, fill the vessel up with water.

 

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