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Ilse Beunen - Ikebana
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I had this wonderful ikebana adventure, and I wanted to share it. My husband, Ben, wrote an extensive report, sign up here for the complete behind the scene story: www.ikebana.be/newsletter
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The last weeks were tough. I had to empty our house for the renovations to start.

In four months I will have a renovated home with an enlarged and fully equipped ikebana atelier.

On Sunday afternoon we finished, and on Monday morning the works started. I still found some time to squeeze in one more ikebana arrangement.

I am now enjoying a short break in Normandy, France to recharge the batteries for two ikebana events coming up in the next weeks. So stay tuned, Sign up for my newsletter on www.ikebana.be/newsletter.html
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Colors in Ikebana - A Purple Vase
In this arrangement, the purple of the vase comes back in the flowers. And I also used light green as a contrasting color with the purple.
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Ikebana and Bookfolding

A few months ago Birgit, one of my students, received her first teacher's degree, and last weekend she did her first workshop for Ikebana International.

Birgit is a librarian, so needless to say she has a great affection for books. She chose to combine her two passions, Books and Ikebana, in one workshop.

She rescued some big encyclopedias which were going to the recycling bin. We all received a big book and some patterns, and we combined ikebana with book-folding.

This is the result of an afternoon book folding and ikebana. Enjoy!
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Contrasting Colors versus Ton-sur-Ton
When focusing on colors, we choose one or the other when we make an arrangement. It is, however, good practice to make the same arrangement twice. Once with Ton-sur-Ton colors, and once with contrasting colors. It helps you choose materials, and gives you a sense of how you can convey different moods and feelings.

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Ton-sur-Ton

As ikebanist, we cannot mix colors as painters do, but we can combine colors. And colors is one of the three elements, color, mass and line; we use to make ikebana arrangements.

This arrangement shows a Ton-sur-Ton arrangement using yellow.
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Focusing on Mass

It's not only with flowers and branches, but leaves and other parts of a plant can be good material to make a mass composition.

Here I used the Balloon Plant and some flowers to focus on Mass. *
This is a demonstration arrangement for my ecourses, interested in knowing more, just click on the link https://www.ikebana.be/newsletter.html

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The last couple of weeks I posted arrangements focusing on mass. For this week I have prepared an arrangement with toothpick flower and anemone. I hope you like it.
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Sogetsu Ikebana with Plastic Cups

Last week I posted the homework I made for the workshop at Els Goos. During the workshop, we also made another arrangement. Els had found some plastic cups, and we could work with those cups. Sofu Teshigahara, the founder of Sogetsu Ikebana, said Sogetsu Ikebana is for everybody, anytime, and with any material. Plastic cups are part of any material, so we used the cups, and gave them a second life.
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The secrets of artistic ikebana lines

This weekend I published the last video in my online module "The secrets of artistic ikebana lines." It is a demonstration of the arrangement you see below, focusing on a combination of straight and curved lines. I had a great time working on this module, and I got already many lovely comments. In this module which is part of my membership site ecourses.ikebana.be, you can learn.

- the principles and technique of working with lines
- which material to use
- which vases to choose
- arranging with straight lines, curved lines, and a combination of straight and curved lines

Interested just click below and sign up for my ecourses on http://ecourses.ikebana.be/p/


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