Creative Floral Arrangement – Part1

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.
They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character,
though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning
~Lydia M. Child

Creative arrangementAs the name called, Creative floral arrangement is a flower composition based on individual’s ingenuity. There is no hard and fast rule in creative floral arrangement. The composition is flexible as far as one’s mind can figure of. It is part of an art and is valued as of individual’s liking. Commercialized creative arrangement usually found in the design that combine a few types of main flowers. In this example, there are two main flowers i.e. primary flowers and focus flowers. Both of them can be the same type of flowers or of different family.

Display position:
Typically, creative arrangement bouquet is composed from front view. As such the bouquets are commonly put by the wall or at the corner. Creative arrangement is also predominantly spotted in fruit baskets, birthday bouquet or in event specific/special occasion bouquet composed along with some gifts or presents as well.


Creative Design Concept:
In creative floral arrangement, two important concepts to grasp perhaps are focal point and theme. While viewing, focal point plays a role to attract viewer’s attention. Meanwhile, theme is the inspiration or idea behind the composition. In this lesson, the focal point is the two fluffy (Roma standard) carnations which are blooming.
The theme of this lesson lies behind main stems of carnation. Three main stems of carnation placed horizontally produce an eye trick and making the viewers perceived that they seem penetrating the sponge/oasis, but in actual case they are composed separately.

Tips for this arrangement: Compose the arrangement from front view.

Diagram 1

Fundamental requirement for this design:
1. Focus flower. Usually chosen are blooming flowers with huge petals like Anthurium, Daisy or Sunflower. Select wisely the size of focus flower to be compatible with primary flower, though larger but not too huge when compose together. In this example, they are blooming pink carnation. Quantity = 2 stalks.
2. Primary flower. The petal/bud size of primary flowers should be smaller compare to focus flowers. For this example, primary flower is pinkish carnation bud: 5 stalks.
3. Supporting or secondary flower. In this arrangement, they are light purple Chrysanthemum. The petal size shall appear smaller than focus flowers so that the focus flowers still remain outstanding among the flowers in the composition.
4. Fillers are used at the last step to close any blank, empty or sponge visible corner/area. In this arrangement, it is yellow peacock.
4. Leaves or foliages. Fern leaves and Japanese Bamboo are chosen in this composition.
5. Container shape: rectangle (netted-sponge-container is not encouraged in creative arrangement)

Getting started:
1. Equipped with water soaked rectangle container cum sponge, cut the main stem of carnation bud and place the bud horizontally (depending of the bouquet composed) according to illustration of Diagram 1 in the ascending order. Continue with the second bud of carnation, place it slightly longer horizontally and extended until bending/touching the table top. Arrange the two main stems cut on the opposite direction (number 3 and 4) in Diagram 1 or refer to Picture 1 below.
Picture 1
2. Then, compose the structural stalk (number 5) perpendicular to the sponge surface in the middle of the container. Facing front view, then place another stalk of carnation bud (number 6) on the right of structural stalk and about half of its height. Refer to Picture 2.
Picture 2
3. Compose the Japanese Bamboo facing front (number 7) and add 2 pieces of them behind at both behind corners (number 8 and 9).
4. Continue to add fern leaves to cover the sponge and its container to create the natural composition.
5. Move on to place focus flowers, two blooming carnations. From front view, first one (number 10) is composed in the middle of front facing Japanese Bamboo leaves, appearing like blooming out from the leaves. The second blooming carnation (number 11) is then placed to the left and slightly lower compare to the first one.
6. At this point of composition, viewing from front view, the right side seems a bit empty and hence an additional stalk of carnation bud (number 12) is placed about 45 degree in-between number 6 and number 1. At the same time, the main stem is composed on the opposite side to create the trick.
Picture 3
7. The last in this arrangement is the secondary flowers. Composing from front view, three stalks of light purple chrysanthemum are placed on the right of the structural stalks in slope. Another stalk is placed to the left of structural stalk and the biggest bloom of the chrysanthemum is composed in-between the two focal flowers and stands slightly higher than them. Second last chrysanthemum is arrangement towards the left of both focus flowers and the last piece that appears in bud is placed horizontally along the main stems of carnation.
8. Here you go the complete arrangement!
Picture 4

Acknowledgement: Thank you CK for sharing Picture 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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