Noir et Blanc Dried Flowers Bespoke Bouquet Masterclass
Hello Floral friends, I'm Maria, head florist at Amaranté London, once again here with you for a Masterclass on dried flowers and how to compose our Noir et Blanc dried flower bouquet.
In today's video, I'm going to show you how to compose your bespoke dried flower bouquet once you receive your order from Amaranté London.
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The Bespoke dried flowers bouquet I'm going to show you in this video is our "Noir et Blanc". This bouquet's extraordinary stems have been chosen to create a unique piece inspired by black and white tiling, made famous in town-houses. The feathered Miscanthus and Pampas grass contrast beautifully against the large dried palm.
You can learn more about this particular dried flower arrangement by Amaranté and see other photos at the dried flower bouquet page.
This gorgeous bouquet is just one of the dried flower arrangements for black and white interiors, which are really popular right now. The flowers in this dried flower bouquet have been picked by the grower on Fairtrade farms. Amaranté London uses ethically sourced and sustainable products to create stunning bespoke dried flower bouquets, which are art pieces.Creating your dried flower bouquet
To create your bespoke bouquet with the dried flowers you have received, you will need:
- a vase.
When you open the box, you will find:
- some stems of black birch;
- two stems of pampers grass;
- some black broom;
- two stems of black miscanthus;
- some bleached helico;
- one stem of cardis thistle;
- one extra-large dried palm;
- one mini sphere;
- two black protea.
Before you start creating your bouquet, you'll need to prepare your stems. Preparing your stems is absolutely crucial because once you tie your dried flowers, you won't have a spare hand to separate all of your stems.
For example, the piece of birch has two shoots coming off it, so you can just cut it right in the middle. Having done that, you now have two stems instead of one.
You can also do this with your broom and cut in two pieces. Take the little shoots off, and you'll get a couple of stems instead of just one large one. So like any flower arrangement, you'll need to spiral your stems so they sit best in the vase. The way that we do this is by laying each stem on top of one other. This may sound confusing, but it'll become more apparent once I show you how to do it.
We'll start with the birch. This is one of your tallest dried flowers in the arrangement. I'll mix this in with the helico to separate them a bit and give the bouquet a bit of volume. If I don't do this they'll get a bit squashed up it will not look as effective.
It's nicer when you can see each stem separately rather than just one clump of sticks. Then this is where we need to start to spiral the stems. We're just laying each stem next to each other and keep turning: by doing so, you'll be able to see every angle of the bouquet.
So I start to create the height in the bouquet with the birch, but I've also made space using the helico. The birch comes in a variety of different colours. When it gets closer to Christmas, you can exchange it for a gold or silver stem - whatever matches your home, just to give it more of a Christmas look.
Next, I'm going to insert the pampas. Pampas is one of the taller stems. I want to place it in between the flowers that we've already arranged. I'm going to slip it in: now that your stem's spiralled it's straightforward to just pull things in and out to replace them and place them exactly where you'd like to see them.
Seasonal dried flowers in your bouquet
The pampas is currently in season, so it's a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. In fact, pampas is being harvested right now. I'm proceeding and grouping these wonderful dried flowers. This Black & White flower bouquet looks striking and has a very modern look.
When you group flowers don't space them out evenly because the bouquet can look a bit too traditional, which is why I'm going to add the broom and take the tallest stem. At this point I'm working tallest to shortest stems and making a front-facing bouquet. I'm using the tallest stem towards the back and stepping the bouquet down and evenly distributing the colour.
Now this is where you'll see the colour difference to really start coming through. You'll begin to see the black and white contrast a bit stronger. This bouquet follows the checkerboard tiling style which is quite popular in victorian terrace houses. Still, it's making a huge comeback now, and it's quite trendy. In fact, you can see it in a lot of people's homes and interior styling at the moment.
We have styled one of these stunning dried flower arrangements in our hallway and would love to know and see how you styled yours at home or in your office at work.
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I continue composing my dried flowers as I started by evenly distributing all of the colours for a nice even finish. We want the bouquet to appear balanced.
Now I'm going to add the protea. The protea is a relatively short flower, so you won't be able to place it too far back in the bouquet which is why I'm adding it towards the front.
Now you can see we've created a focal area for our bouquet with the main pieces of the floral arrangement. These flowers should be placed at the front - you want people to be able to see them!
You have noticed how I have left a few bits of broom and fern I can place towards the end of the bouquet to frame it and finish it off. We can place the broom and fern only in front of the proteus which are not the most elegant flower of this bouquet. Also the fern and broom will sit nicely around the edge of your vase.
I'm using this dried palm spear just to the back of the protea to frame it, and we are going to balance the palm spear with this extra-large fan palm. You can instantly see how your bouquet looks so much bigger. It might work out better for you if you turn the bouquet around to place it exactly where you want it. Note the distribution of volumes in this bouquet: the gaps in between the fan palm have created negative space and that increases the volume of your bouquet. Taking away the fan palm makes this bouquet look so much smaller than what it actually is!
At this point all your stems are arranged in a spiral. If you like, you can start manipulating them and push the stems down or up and just move them slightly to exactly where you would like them to be in the vase.
I'm quite happy with this floral arrangement because the textures are well balanced. This kind of soft velvety finish on the protea contrasts against the spiky thistle. The pampas gives it a nice bit of height, and the feathers add a bit of colour along with the broom, and it's just framed really nicely and finished adorably by the giant fan palm.
Now that you're finished you can lay the bouquet down on the table because it's front-facing and you won't be damaging anything on the back. The extra-large palm is protecting the bouquet. Once tied together, you can pick it up and just measure it against your vase. Stems might be a bit too tall, and you'll need to cut them. If your stems are too short, you can always put some paper in the bottom of the vase to prop up the bouquet and make it look taller.
One last recommendation: if you find that you've tied your stems too tightly, lift the floral arrangement and cut the string, then pop it back into the vase. Your bouquet will stay in place and be just a bit looser and fan out. In fact I'm sure you'll see it sit a lot nicer against the neck of the vase.
Your Dried Flower Bouquet can last up to three years
So, my floral friends, this is the finished look. Remember these dried flowers will last up to three years. Hence, they're a fantastic alternative to fresh flowers. Dried flowers are way more sustainable.