Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ikibana Style for Gumpaste Flowers

I have been very interested in the flower arranging style, Ikibana.  I have been spending countless hours on the computer researching Ikibana and looking at an endless amounts of pictures. This style of flower arranging is perfect for sugar flowers since there seems to be a focal flower and the arrangements can be very minimal but a very BOLD statement.

I have several large focal flowers already made and found a couple ideas to try my FIRST Ikibana arrangement. Since there are a lot tree branches I needed to create these from floral wire and floral tape. Another wonderful part of creating sugar flowers I am excited to do.

What I found out is there are different types of containers for Ikibana and there are an abundance of choices for each. Instead of rushing out to invest in a new container, I used one I already had and created the arrangement around them from some examples I found in my countless hours on the computer. 

I am quite excited to share my my first try and happy with what I created
And, I will be continuing on with this style of flower arranging

Ikibana gumpaste Cymbidium orchid

Ikibana gumpaste Cymbidium orchid


  1. WOW! Your work is truly an Ikebana style!! The curved branches are lovely! In our country we call flower arrangements Ikebana(生け花).
    There are more than 2000 schools in the Ikebana world. If you are interested in Ikebana works, please take a glance at these pages as follows:

    You can see lots of Ikebana works from 3 major Ikebana schools.

    1 Sogetsu School,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1093&bih=439&wrapid=tlif133302840020011&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=MWZ0T_DyIsufmQWO5cyJCA

    2 Ikenobo School,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1093&bih=439&wrapid=tlif133302840020011&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=MWZ0T_DyIsufmQWO5cyJCA#um=1&hl=ja&rlz=1T4ADFA_jaJP471JP474&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=%E6%B1%A0%E5%9D%8A%E4%BD%9C%E5%93%81&oq=%E6%B1%A0%E5%9D%8A%E4%BD%9C%E5%93%81&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=img.12...71558l76752l0l79810l12l12l0l0l0l0l749l2419l2-6j6-1l7l0.frgbld.&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=80802b71e9db238c&biw=1093&bih=439

    3 Ohara School

  2. Thanks Sapphire for these links.. I love them. There is so much to see and so many designs it is almost hard to decide. Thanks for the compliments on my work. I really like all the branches in Ikibana and how it is so clean looking. Now, I won't have to make so many of the same flower for my designs...

  3. Your work is exquisitely lovely. Artist perfectly describes your work and I'd say you are a master of your art.

    1. Hi There...Thanks so much for the lovely compliments. I do love making sugar flowers and wish I had more time in my day to do so.. Thanks for stopping by.. I plan to write more blogs and show a little of how I do things..