April 2017

Ikebana tips #20: tricky little apertures

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If, like me, you enjoy using unusual Ikebana containers, you’ve probably come across some with tiny apertures. You know; the ones that are too small for a kenzan: where flower foam would be too messy; and chicken wire too fiddly. And unless you do something, your flowers just will not stay where you want them.

Well, of course, there’s a simple way to deal with that and this tip will show you how. Yes, there’s some wire involved!

Ikebana tips #19: more from your daffs

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I suspect that most of us enjoy our daffodils; that burst of colour and energy that heralds the spring and warm weather and lots more flowers to come. But when our daffs are finished, the tempotation is to take off the dead the flower heads, fold over the leaves to make them a bit tidier, then ignore them until the next year’s spring.

Well really we shouldn’t just ignore them, because with a little trick we can do wonderfully creative things with their leaves – before we’ve folder them over, of course.

So, if you still have them unfolded, get out and cut a few daffodil leaves then use this simple wiring technique to do some lovely creative Ikebana arrangements…here’s this week’s video.

Ikebana tips #18: get your stapler ready

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There are all sorts of way to get creative with leaves, and sometimes the best ones are really the simplest…like this one.
With just a stapler and your imagination, you can take all sorts of leaves and fix them into shapes that give you unexpected opportunities for creativity.

Ikebana Tips #17: fun with phormium

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You have probably gathered that I enjoy the freely creative side of freetsyle Ikenobo Ikebana as well as the more traditional. I also like helping my students to expand their creativity in all sorts of ways; some techniques can be really unexpectedly simple, like in this tip.

This time you don’t need any tools, just your thumbnail and your imagination…enjoy!