Rittners School Of Floral Design
In Boston Presents....
Funky Mound Variation-8

If you've been reading through these lessons the design at the left should look familiar to you....

In an earlier lesson we demonstrated how the change to binding wire on top of our arrangement from the use of flower jewelry and wire embellishments could give a different look to an arrangement.

In several "funky mound variation" lessons we demonstrated another way of making a design feel very different...Namely by changing the choice of base or container.

Placing the same arrangement in a larger Revere Bowl, in a mint julep container and in a footed pedestal all created different looks for the same basic arrangement. Continued placement on taller and taller bases gave increasingly interesting looks!

Such a poor overworked design!

Let's play with this design a little more before we let it be!

First of all let's place it back into the purple container as we did earlier.......

Next let's add a few stems of larkspur to the center part of the arrangement as shown in the picture to the right.

Place some foliage right next to the larkspur.

Weave some binding wire around both the foliage and the flowers.

Next, let's add a little foliage out to the right side.

We will angle it down a bit for greater visual interest.

Finally let's go wild with some of our curly willow!

The brown of the curly willow blends in well with the color of the binding wire.

It also extends the size of this design dramatically.

Through the addition of a few stems of larkspur, some curly willow and a little foliage we have turned our funky mound into a rather wild, contemporary, high style, line arrangement!

As we teach students in our courses at Rittners Floral School......"It isn't always the specific component parts..... It's the knowledge of what you can do with them!!"

How do I get that knowledge? Come to Rittners Floral School, of course!

We hope that you really enjoyed this brief floral design lesson. At Rittners Floral School in Boston our instruction ranges from classical to cutting edge!!! Please come and take one of our exciting hands-on workshop programs!!

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