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Studying the Elements and Principles of Design

If you want to become certified, you must go through and pass the certification tests. You might worry about the quantity of flowers you are given, but that shouldn’t be your main priority. Stem placement and what you do to manipulate the flowers you are given should be the priority at hand. With that in mind, here are some ideas on using a mixed bouquet to study the elements and principles of design. 

Divide and Conquer. 

Gather a selection of flowers. All that is needed is a bundle costing no more than $20-$25. Choose a variety that can be used for everyday designs and shop deliveries, but keep in mind, you’ll need to incorporate creative flair and advanced techniques. You will be evaluated on how you apply those advanced techniques. 

Take a standard design and elevate it. Separate that basic bouquet into two designs. Try taking out some of the flowers and adding accessories. You will be limited to only the products given for testing. There are multiple options to choose from but be careful not to use everything. This can prove detrimental to your designs. Sometimes, less is more. 

Practice by scaling back the number of flowers you use. Try adding in some mushroom sponges and bark-covered wire. Put some ornaments, nuts and berries on the wire to add some dimension. You can also manipulate the foliage and use your filler flowers as line flowers. Show evaluators that you know how to look at and use line, form, placement, size, fragrance and color. 

You can also group and cluster flowers. This creates a vertical design. Braid some lily grass and maneuver it to add movement. Use your accessories to add creative flair to your product. In certification, creative flair is vital. Showing these techniques will help you. 

To push the recipe over the edge, you can start with a three-piece tray. Put moss or foliage down to cover the surface. Moss is a wicking agent, so be sure all of it is tucked into the container. You can then dissect some of the product, so attention will be drawn to that flair.  

Dissected sunflower heads add great texture to a design. Gerber daisies can also be used to add dimension. If you want your design to remain flat, this is a good idea. Use some branches to tie the design together. Be sure you cut back on the branches, so they don’t become the focus of the design.  

 The final design will be upscale and have texture built in. If you want even more texture, you can put in some bark-covered wire. Just make sure that it makes sense to add it in and doesn’t overtake the design.  

It is important to note that you should keep your design to no more than three techniques. If you do too much, your design can become confusing. This can reflect badly on you. 

For more information on how to use the elements and principles of design, be sure to watch this week’s #DesignTime with Jackie Lacey AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI.