HOW TO EXPLORE IKEBANA – STEP BY STEP

In my first How to Make a Basic Ikebana Flower Arrangement video, I focused on completing an Ikebana arrangement.  At the end of the video, you will have a finished product that is neatly put together with flowers.

Today I will focus more on the process itself rather than the finished product of Ikebana.  I will share with you what’s in my head when I’m facing flower materials in front of me.  It’s only an example, but I hope you get the idea.

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  1. I first placed two similar stems standing next to each other.  Upper side you see parallel lines, and in the middle part you see a kind of yellow cluster.
  2. I started cutting short stems at the bottom of both stems.  The parallel lines starts to show more clearly combined the upper side and the bottom side.  The middle part still has volume in yellow color, creating a nice contrast of mass in the middle and sparsity at the top and the bottom.
  3. I keep on cutting the short branches.
  4. Here, all of a sudden, the crossing in the middle catches your eyes.
  5. Cut the crossing, then these two parallel lines look so boring that they urge me to add another line.  Where should add?
  6. I add one line with a kink.
  7. I add another one…. Doesn’t work.
  8. I change the direction of the line.  That looks better. 

Looking at those photos, somebody said it’s almost like dancing.  I never thought of that, but it’s a good analogy.

There is no right or wrong of where you cut, where you add what, which direction, which color.  It might work, or it may not.   Whatever you do, each time you do it, you see something new.  This arrangement is far from complete, but I hope you get some idea of what I mean the fun of exploring in Ikebana.

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