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Flower Arranging ... Learning the basics

Floral design or flower arrangement is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition

My hope is that by the end of the day I will have the knowledge to create a spring flower design for my altar and a wreathe for my front door.I will not be using fresh flowers at least not for the wreathe

Putting flowers in a vase is simple but to do it in a way that looks pretty is a bit more difficult. I want something with a bit of challenge it's the best way to learn a new skill.

There are six important Principles of Flower Arrangement:

1 Balance: Not symmetrical but not lopsided either
2 Scale: Fit the arrangement to the place it will occupy ie 
3 Dominance: Choose a common colour, shape, texture or size that is repeated throughout the arrangement
4 Rhythm: You want the eye to move across the arrangement not to settle in one place, a repeated colour can aid in this
5 Colour: Different colours and colour combinations bring out a range of emotions. Choose your colours based on what you want the viewer to feel
6 Orientation: The goal is to have all the elements appear to be arranged around a fixed point

The colours for early spring flowers are pretty limited as you can see with yellow, purple & white predominating. Since it is March I think I will concentrate on white & yellow. White for the snow of course and yellow to celebrate the suns return.

Next, I need to choose the display type. Personally, I like the wreath idea but I could also do a basket or vase. 

I like the idea of the wreath because it allows me to display the seasonal flowers without taking up valuable table space.

I have a choice of a wireframe or one made from floral foam. As I am more familiar with the wireframe that is the way I decided to go.

I will be following this How to though as you know I improvise a lot so maybe not exactly

I have checked over my tools and current flowers to see if I need to order others. 

I have wire cutters and wire thread but nothing I would consider a spring flower so I need to get some more flower sprays and I need floral tape turns out its about the only adhesive I don't have.

I'll be working on it the first week of March as I want a new wreathe on my door by March 5th. I have to order the tape & get GD#1 to take a run to the dollar store for me.

As always I'll take a picture & share it on Instagram or maybe add it to the days post since I've been bad about taking photos & uploading them.

To the right is what I am working with at the moment but as soon as I am done this I'll be ordering the other stuff.


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