Today’s Floral Friday started out as a simple conversation with my neighbor, Tyler, about flower arranging. He complimented me on a few of my retro stylizings and wondered how to get started. You know, the very basics of a style that might please somebody.
I mentioned that it is possible to go way overboard with a desire to make the ultimate solitaire expression. I showed Tyler a photo of one of my overdone bud vase projects. The rose is too tall and too mature for the small vase. There is also far too much greenery. This arrangement would be perfect as it is if it was placed in a larger, standard vase. This is the extreme of just doing too much.
So, I decided to let him have a go of it. I brought out a dark blue wine bottle from my window display and pointed the way to my supply bin. I told him to think simple yet make a personal statement. Tyler instinctively modeled the rule of odd numbered elements. In this case he chose two eucalyptus branches with a white Gerbera Daisy. He wanted a strong contrast between the cobalt glass and the flower. He wanted to “say” happiness. Not too bad for a first try.
The neighbor pointed to an art glass bud vase and requested that I demonstrate my own technique. I went for a more subdued tone and carried out the rule of odd numbered elements to five. Four floral and one vase. The type of vase used was designed with a rose bud in mind, therefore, I chose to make this more or less traditional.
I had one more idea to try. I wanted something modern and experimental. I brought out an Enesco Japanese made bud vase with the intent of taking it to the extreme limit, almost. Using different textures and forms I came up with a radical design that actually works.
If you want to dabble with flowers, this is a fantastic way to start. The vases can be had for little or nothing and buying a single flower at the supermarket for fresh or hobby store for silk takes only a pittance. Besides that, a solitary arrangement makes a thoughtful gift for a friend or a lover.
The Blue Jay of Happiness says there are so many ways to say it with a flower.