It's hard to believe that 2014 is almost halfway over, and another Mother's Day is upon us. I was watching YouTube videos the other day because apparently they now have commercials for popular YouTube channels and there was one that I had to check out because she seemed to make some pretty neat stuff. One video she did with a friend who practices Ikebana, a Japanese art form that is devoted to creating floral arrangements. So, as I watched the video, I became inspired for a project and lucky for me, Mother's Day was fast approaching.
Flowers, of course, are popular Mother's Day gifts to begin with, but it doesn't take much effort to buy some buds and stick them in a vase and set out on a table. However, it can get kind of pricey, and for me, it's really hard to find an arrangement I truly like. I like mixing and matching, Of course, you can choose whatever sort of container and the flowers you want, but here's how I went about it:
1 package of 2 cylinder wet foam (found in the floral decor part of a craft store)
1 set of 4 ceramic bowls
3 small bouquets of three different types of flowers
In the tradition of Ikebana, I set up my work area so I could work in peace with minimal noise (although I did have one tune playing on repeat). I got everything prepared so I could work without disruption.
1. Cut sponges (if necessary) to fit the size of the container. I cut the cylinders I bought in half and had about a 2"-high sponge in each bowl.
2. Pour water (I mixed mine with the plant sugar packet) on the sponge until the sponge is saturated or until there is some standing water in the bowl.
3. I worked on all four at once so that the buds were distributed as evenly as possible. Be sure to cut the stems in the water and then place them into the sponge. From what I learned from the video I watched, you should try to create something that looks good from all angles, so that it is art from every angle., and what I thought was a cool thing, was that I was done when I felt it was done. Once one is pleased with the arrangement, they should stop.
This whole process probably took me an hour, maybe less. And look how neat they turned out. I hope the four lucky mothers will be happy with their Ikebana-inspired Mother's Day gift. What do you think?
g. m. cottrill isn’t sure what she’s looking for in life, but that’s not to say she doesn’t know what makes her happy, or what urges her onward to experience life’s many wonders and surprises. Art and design are two such things that she finds solace in and enjoys sharing with the world. This blog is just one way to explore the enlightenment that comes with creativity.