Less Is More
When I first started putting together flower arrangements, I was in a permanent state of awe and panic and overwhelming excitement (and fear). So I guess not much has changed. Part of this panic came from looking at photos of flower arrangements for inspiration -- they all looked like there were a million stems and greens and beautiful things, and I thought that the only way for me to make a stunning flower arrangement was to spend an outrageous amount of money (which is actually sometimes true). The reality is that you can create a really simple and striking flower arrangement with only three elements. The arrangement pictured was borne out of scraps from a larger arrangement I made earlier that day. Like anything else, flower arranging is centered around recognizing that you always have something left to learn, and honestly, I'm pretty sure I still have galaxies of lessons still waiting for me. Recently I've been trying to make it a point to challenge myself and see what I can create with less. As a writer you're always taught to say more with less words -- sound advice that's pretty relevant for a florist too.
In this flower arrangement I used pink Majolica spray roses and two kinds of eucalyptus. When you're working with less, color and movement mean even more. Color schemes that catch your eyes elsewhere -- in nature, in a painting you like, etc. -- serve as a nice reference for whatever flower arrangement you're trying to create. I keep seeing red and pink outifts on fashion blogs and magazines and have yet to attempt the look myself, but I thought that wading into the shallow end of the trend with flowers was a safe way for me to give it a try.
The vessel you use also plays a big role in creating an impact with your simple flower arrangements. I found this earthy, pale, dusty vase at a vintage store in my neighborhood -- it had been housing change up until now -- and I thought its simple, low silhouette would be perfect. The eucalyptus I used had red undertones that helped ground the delicate pink roses and I focused on creating lines with the leaves and the blooms for a simple, understated arrangement. I very rarely have flowers left over or even keep arrangements for myself, but this one hung out on my dresser for the rest of the week.
Do you have any looks (floral or otherwise) that you've been wanting to try out? Any floral challenges you've been looking to overcome?
For more vase ideas go to http://www.marthastewart.com/337039/frances-palmer-pottery -- Frances Palmer's pieces are amazing and inspirational.