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How to Make an Organically Heart-Shaped Spiral Bouquet
Photos By Svetlana Strizhakova
By L. K. on Jul 22, 2016 at 1:00 am in Earthy/Organic and Bohemian
Today’s floral tutorial comes courtesy of Russian wedding photographer Svetlana Strizhakova, who has been honing her burgeoning skills in the fine art of flower arranging under the tutelage of Katerina Kazakova, one of Moscow’s master florists. Svetlana recently learned how to use the French spiral technique to create a romantic, wild-looking spring bouquet with just the suggestion of a heart shape, and she’s sharing this beautiful bit of know-how with us today. Though the arrangement appears sophisticated and artfully unstructured, Svetlana’s instructions are easy to follow, making for a petal-perfect project that even floral amateurs can tackle.
♦ Prunus branches (such as flowering cherry or almond branches)
♦ Cymbidium orchids
♦ ‘Café Latte’ roses
♦ Pistachio branches
♦ Ten-weeks stock in white
♦ ‘Cream Yves Piaget’ roses
♦ Sturdy greenery
♦ Floral shears
♦ Raffia or ribbon
First and foremost, the flowers must be prepared well. All stems should be cut diagonally to provide the flowers with a better water supply. It is also very important to de-thorn the stems and remove excess foliage.
To make a spiral bouquet, start with straight-stemmed flowers, such as roses. The first order of business is to select three base flowers that have straight stems. Place the three base flowers crossing each other in the form of the Cyrillic letter zhe (Ж), with one flower straight up and the others diagonal at 45 degrees to the right and left of the center flower. From here, begin to add flowers by aligning them with the three base blooms, following the directions of these base flowers. Use the thumb and index finger to hold the stems as this is a good way to get the correct shape and to keep the arrangement neat and tidy. To create a heart shape, place shorter flowers in the center of the bouquet and taller flowers at the sides.
Occasionally assess the progress of the bouquet by looking at it from every angle to ensure that it is even and not heavier or lighter on one side. Look at it in the mirror to make sure that the composition is perfect when mirrored. Once the desired size and shape are achieved, tie the stems with raffia or ribbon.
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