length of the medium stem.”
Before arranging the stems and branches, trim excess foliage, and trim the stems while they are submerged in water. They should be clipped at an angle for tree branches and straight across for flower stems, Quinn said.
“You don’t just stick them straight down into the pin board,” she said. “You angle them in different directions, some backward and others forward, to give some depth and perspective. Pay attention to the curve of the lines, and the spaces between the lines.”
Think about the beauty of the natural forms, and allow your personality and feeling to come through, Quinn said.
Ikebana displays typically last only three to five days.
“It’s so sad when they go because I’ve put so much heart into them,” Quinn said. “But appreciating that fleeting beauty is really the essence of what it’s all about.”
This photo provided by courtesy of Ziji.com shows, an ikebana arrangement by Eileen Kay, of Boulder, Colo., in a Snow Basin Suiban round vase. Kay teaches ikebana and meditation. Ziji.com is an online store selling supplies for ikebana flower arranging...
This undated photo provided by courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden shows an ikebana flower display that uses autumn holiday appropriate colors at a Sakura Matsuri event held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The ancient Japanese art of ikebana, or...