Ikebana: A Simple Guide To Japanese Flower Arranging
Ikebana is the time-honored form of Japanese Flower Arranging. This beginner’s guide is written by an American, for the American. It gives easy step-by-step instructions to create beautiful arrangements. One need not be Oriental to perform this enjoyable art form. The book contains hundreds of illustrations and diagrams to clarify the text.
The first part of the book covers the foundation of Ikebana. It has history, problem solving for Americans, equipment needed, styles, containers, colors, line flow, vocabulary and much more.
The second part gives diagrams and illustrations for a beginning arrangement in just 10 easy steps. An enhanced arrangement in 10 easy steps is also given to develop the beginning arrangement further.
The third part expands on the beginning arrangement and gives basic upright and slanting variations. These are beautifully simple and can be done using the easy 10 step method.
The fourth part is not for the faint-of-heart. It is a graduation section for inspiration and creativity. It encompasses advanced upright and slanting arrangements. Then it moves to the impressive cascading styles. And last are the versatile arrangements of the multi-container styles.
Relax, and share in the next step of this flower arranging journey that spans centuries of time. Your arrangement will link past centuries with centuries yet to come.
- Jacqueline Tracy, April 2011
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