Twiggy …Floral Friday

FF102513aIt’s ironic that this Floral Friday doesn’t really feature any flowers, this week.  The other day, I just wanted to experiment around with some finishing and highlighting elements.

Of course, anything that can be used in a flower arrangement canFF102513b be used as the primary ingredient in the composition.  In this case, the most basic and stark elements turned out to be sticks and stems.  These provide a more abstract design when used solo.

The core of one design is a bentwood circle around which are spiral stems and seed pod shapes.  They’re housed in a contemporary retro-inspired discount store vase. The effect is very post-modern.

FF102513cA gift of beer, not available in my town, is remembered by using one of the bottle-jugs as a masculine vase. I used standard hobby store dry supplies as the design element. If you do one of these, resist the temptation to just stuff a handful into a container.  The best, and most fun way, is to place each one, separately, into place.  Your creative intuition will come up with a much more attractive composition this way.  This type of arrangement will work nicely with an attractive wine bottle, too.

I wanted to go all-out for one of my favorite 1960sFF102513d era Royal Haeger fire orange onion vases.  A faux saw-palmetto leaf is enhanced with three seed pod elementals and spiral stems. The mechanicals are several strands of dry wheatgrass.

A light tan, semi-formal Haeger vase inspired me to create a hybrid styled display.  Elm twigs found in my yard and painted garden spikes form the stark framework for a subtle composition of beige, red, and green weed stems.  I plan to keep this intact throughout Autumn and Winter.


The Blue Jay of Happiness understands that we sometimes need to enjoy stark simplicity in order to clear our minds.


About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Twiggy …Floral Friday

  1. mandala56 says:

    Ooh, love that first one. I want to draw it!

  2. swabby429 says:

    Thanks, I like the shapes.

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