Simple Ikebana arrangements are what most people have in mind when they hear the word Ikebana. A single flower in a vase may look very easy to make. However, I always find it very challenging. Why? Because the simpler the arrangement, the more I need to think how to showcase the beauty of my material/s. Hence whenever I have the chance, I try to practice making simple arrangements for our home.
Simple Ikebana Arrangements: How to Highlight Simplicity
When creating simple Ikebana arrangements, one must observe carefully his/her main material. Doing so would allow him/her to see which part of the flower, leaf, stem, or other material to highlight. Sometimes it is the color of the leaf; the line of the stem; or the direction where the flower is facing.
One can create a simple arrangement by using just a single flower.
Or a combination of flower and leaf.
It could also be one type of material in different colors.
And last but not the least, a cluster of one type of material in different heights.
There are more other ways how to highlight simplicity when making an Ikebana arrangement. But as I always tell my students, highlight the part of a flower or other material which makes you happy when you look at it.