Floral creations: which parameters to respect
The creation of floral creations must be based on the respect of some aesthetic parameters, real design principles that, while not representing - of course - binding rules, nevertheless prove to be important bases for giving a personal touch to flower compositions. It is good to look for, first of all, a certain visual balance: it can happen, in fact, that inside a vase a provision may appear unbalanced or unbalanced in the case in which the combinations are not carried out with care. This does not mean that it is mandatory to combine elements of the same size or of the same type, since a group of small flowers may be able to perfectly balance a single large flower. On the other hand, a large and shining leaf placed at the bottom of the composition may prove to be heavy, visually, and thus compensate for a group of flowers with very long stems. Equal attention deserves the proportion, that is the relationship between the part and the whole: that is, between the flowers and the vase in which they are contained, and, to a greater extent, between the composition and the environment in which it will be inserted. In order to obtain an ideal proportion it is necessary to evaluate the visual weight of the leaves and flowers (trivially, a small container is not suitable for particularly large flowers), the general setting of the creation and the visual weight of the vase.
The importance of contrasts and rhythm
The width and height of the overall design, on the other hand, must be related to the scale, which identifies the dimensions of the different elements in the design; it is evident that a composition can be unpleasant if there are different flowers of excessive dimensions: a giant peony or a chrysanthemum is excessive compared to a small freesia, if placed side by side. For this reason, it will be useful to use some kind of filling or transition, intermediate-sized flowers (of the zinnias), ideal for creating a visual connection and giving life to a design characterized by harmony. In general, therefore, it is essential to graduate the dimensions of the elements that make up the composition. Contrast, on the other hand, is essential, and can be obtained by varying structures, shapes and colors in order to avoid flatness and monotony, and at the same time create rhythm. In fact, there is also need for movement in the floral arrangements, so that the attention of the viewer can be attracted regardless of the portion being observed. To be avoided, in short, are the boring and static floral designs, which can be avoided by distancing the flowers (placing them, that is, at staggered levels), introducing curved lines (which favor a greater movement) and creating small groups. In the moment in which all the elements that make up the floral creation are used in an optimal manner, a harmonious, beautiful, spectacular and attractive design will be obtained, possibly characterized by a focal point able to make an area appear in relation to the others: it you can have it with intense colors, round shapes and illuminated structures.
Floral creations: How to make a floral composition
Going into action in practice, we will need fresh flowers, possibly freshly cut, a spoonful of bleach, a pair of scissors, water at room temperature, a knife, wire, specific liquid fertilizer for flowers and small stones round, as well as of course a vase, possibly made of glass and with an elongated shape. The flower stems must be cleaned using a knife, removing excess leaves, buds and thorns, being careful not to scrape. The purpose is to prolong the duration of the composition, since the residues in the water favor the proliferation of bacteria and therefore the putrefaction. The stems must be cut at different heights, so as to create a balanced and proportionate bouquet, but avoiding that the taller flowers exceed the length of the vase: more or less, they must remain two or three centimeters below the edge. The flowers must be cut through oblique cuts, so as to increase the surface able to absorb water. After cutting the wire for about ten centimeters, wrap a quarter around the base of the stem, leaving the remaining thread under the stem: this part will then have to wrap a round stone, which will block the flower on the bottom of the vase , preventing it from floating in the water. The flower and the stone must then be placed in the vase, and the procedure must be repeated for all the flowers that you intend to use; It is good not to resort to excessive quantities, possibly choosing few flowers but beautiful rather than many flowers but of poor quality. If desired, on the bottom of the container it is possible to place colored glass stones, below the stones. Once the jar is filled almost to the edge using water at room temperature, it is good to use specific fertilizer for cut flowers, mixed with a tablespoon of bleach that will help prevent the growth of bacteria. Water, however, must be changed at least once every two days.