Rittners School Of Floral Design
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Fun With Colored Foam-6--Nine Smaller Designs Using Colored Foam-Variations on a Theme.


Sometimes people assume that creative or interesting floral art has to be big!

I have to admit it, big is great. I love making "big" things.

But sometimes big just isnt' appropriate.

There are times where big simply doesn't fit!

In smaller homes, or condominiums, big can sometimes be overbearing. There are often rooms that have a cozy intimate feeling, but really require less, or they feel "cluttered."

Then there are places that are deliberately designed small, such as smaller hospital rooms, or work spaces.

Still we want to be able to make beautiful floral art for these places too!

Traditionally the approach was to use bud vases.

Bud vase designs are nice. But aren't there other options?

In this lesson, we see how we can take some of the colored foams available, and come up with some floral ideas that will work well in some of these smaller areas.

Once again our emphasis is on ease of construction.

What You Will Need

  • Glass container
  • Roses
  • Carnations
  • pompons
  • Colored foam
  • Larkspur
  • Curly willow

    Variations One and Two:

    Le'ts play with a simple glass sphere. We are using several colors of rainbow foam, yellow and pink. Place as shown in the photos. Add a little water, (but not overdoing it).

    Insert a couple of daisy poms, low, into the foam. Add a touch of statice. You could stop at this point.

    On the other hand, you can add a few more daisy poms going gradually above the lip of the glass, almost simulating natural growth..

    Variations Three and Four:

    We could simply float a few daisy poms (or other flowers).

    Or we could add that one perfect blossom. In this case a lovely rose.

    What a lovely little design for a work space or possibly breakfast counter.

    Variation Five:

    If one rose works well, perhaps two will work better?

    Note how it looks a little different depending upon the angle of view?


    Variation Six:

    I know what you are thinking. If two roses work well, how about three?

    See? We aim to please. Isn't that a cute little design?

    You don't have to make them big to have a lovely little jewel with prestige and impact.

    Variation Seven:

    We can arrange the three roses as in the last variation as a kind of little triangle, or alternatively we can place them in a tight compact diagonal.

    Variation Eight:

    Of course we don't have to limit ourselves to just poms and a rose or two or three. We can also add a couple of carnations ( or any other flowers) to build it up a bit.

    Variation Nine:

    Let's play with this a bit more.

    We can add a piece of larkspur and a bit of curly willow as shown in the photograph.

    The overall result is a much larger design that is still quite simple to make and yet striking in appearance.

    We hope that you really enjoyed this brief floral design lesson. At Rittners Floral School in Boston we provide floral design instruction that includes a wide range of different styles and techniques. Folks attend Rittners Floral School, because not only are we very, very fine floral designers, but also because we are outstanding teachers!! Please come and take one of our hands-on workshop programs!!

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