Tag: chrysanthemum

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 183

Ikebana with staight lines from my Sogetsu ikebana class tonight, it was too big to get a photograph during class so I had to bring it home and remake it. Still it was too big to photograph straight on so I stood on a chair. The materials I used are red stick dogwood branches and green chrysanthemums. Below is the…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 140

The theme of holiday ikebana continues today with traditional colors once again. I reused the red branch from yesterday and I added more pine and some white chrysanthemums. Not only are white chrysanthemums elegant and somewhat traditional for the Christmas season, they are long lasting as well. So now I need to think about some more designs for the holiday…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 133

This was my chance to use the vase I bought a few months ago. It’s unusual shape and color never seemed quite right for an arrangement until today. The pale blue vase and light green fuji chrysanthemums were made for each other, and I added in a few bare Bradford pear branches and some stems of orange/red peppers to give…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 131

My practice today was doing a cascading arrangement, and I did practice and practice. Not quite what I wanted, but I kept thinking about what pratice really is. It’s being willing to practice, even when you seem to be getting no where. One of the best books to read about pratice is Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment…

365 Days of Ikebana-Day 129

Back to the very beginning today, and by that I mean back to the very first arrangment in the Sogetsu ikebana curriculum. Basic upright style is the basis of Sogetsu ikebana. It’s where we learn to measure length of line, placement of branches and flowers and how they relate to each other. Even if it is a basic design it…