Written by Shirley T
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 06:19
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air ~ W. T. Ellis
Christmas is absolutely a season greetings that we love. This year-end festival somehow always excites me. Perhaps I really love to go shopping for presents while enjoying the soothing lovely Christmas songs in the air. After so many years of getting present and stuck in traffic, I may consider designing a few bouquet of flowers instead for this year. If you have the same thought, here is what we can start with.
When I arrived at the wholesaler with a Christmas theme in mind, I was searching for Asparagus genus kind of foliages in line with the celebration theme. Thank God, I found Asparagus Macowanii. The next action was picking the flowers. I saw a pair of fresh (to recognize fresh anthurium, color is vivid red with glossy surface) Anthuriums although the shape was a bit unusual on sale. Not much to worry as I had figured out reasonably good angle to hide that, so I grabbed two of that. Then, I chose some pink roses and vivid red carnations to match. I also got a basket, a teddy bear and a gift box as Christmas prop.
From top left (clock wise): pink rose, vivid red carnation, window plant, white chrysanthemum pompon
From top left (clock wise): Christmas teddy, red bow, red anthurium, asparagus macowanii
With a piece of beautiful window plant, I thought of a simple crescent shape that flows from top left to bottom right. Below is the sketch of what I wish to do from front view.
Different colors are used to outline the shapes that exist in this design. Blue line is a crescent, red line resembles a bit of diamond shape while gold line is a triangle. These shapes help me to visualize better while composing.
1. Compose from front view, start with window plant to generate the crescent shape (blue line) on the top left.
2. Then, insert the anthuriums, one at each side of the basket to create a balance mood. At the same time, angle the spadix (light yellow spike) slightly lateral in accordance to the crescent line.
3. Then, place the pink roses surrounding the middle of the basket and make a diamond shape with pink roses (as shown in red line on the above sketch). Place the most blooming rose near the focal point.
4. Move on to insert the carnation towards both ends of the basket and if we include the anthuriums, they are actually forming a shape of triangle as shown with gold lines.
5. Place Asparagus Macowanii to cover the oasis.
6. Insert some fillers and tie a bow on the basket's handle. Here you go the complete arrangement.
When I brought this design to my floral class, my instructor Bro Yap did actually offer to purchase for a friend's birthday. Wow.. I guess this is my greatest achievement, it is indeed my proud moment!
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