Making your own flower decorations can brighten your day and gives you relaxation and tranquility. It helps you to live in the moment and to get in contact with the seasons.
Anyone can enjoy the beauty of nature anywhere, at any time.
Which is why Ikebana Beautiful wants to inspire you.
After many years of practicing Sogetsu Ikebana , I decided to use this experience to spread this joyful activity throughout the world. When talking about Ikebana, I noticed the happiness that people get from flowers and nature.
Reasons enough to go ahead and start the blog Ikebana Beautiful and Youtube Chanel.
I make flower tutorials on my YouTube channel. My channel is growing bit by bit. I live in Holland, land of flowers, I would like to share flower inspiration with the world.
Good old nature. We have almost forgotten about it in this artificial world.
By bringing the nature close to ourselves, we can make our environment more beautiful.
With my videos, I offer an accessible way to create a life with natural materials, in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
Making your flower decorations can brighten your day and gives you relaxation and tranquility. It helps you to live in the moment and to get in contact with the seasons.
Anyone can enjoy the beauty of nature anywhere, at any time. Which is why I want to inspire you with my videos.
Working with flowers is my great passion and an opportunity to show my inner world.
My country: The Netherlands I live in: Breda . My house is just 100 steps from the woods. Every day I’m happy to have the opportunity to walk in the woods with my dogs!
How I started flower arranging:
My mother learned me sewing my own clothes.
I began to be creative and made my own patterns for trousers, shirts, and skirts.
If I remember it well, it was in the 80's that my mother took her first Ikebana lesson. I was a teenager
and we discussed her creations. Whether her colors were beautiful if her container was the right shape and if it was big enough. That was my introduction to Ikebana.
Nowadays I send my mother comments on my weekly YouTube flower videos. She comments on my work, and we discuss the flower combinations.
Often she gives me suggestions for arrangements. I learn a lot of her. She made me curious for flower, and I learned to look at shapes and form of branches from her. THANKS, MOM!
This is how my classes started:
* May 2005
Sogetsu ikebana teacher, Els Goos gave me my first Ikebana lesson
* Juni 2006 Participated my first workshop. It was the Sogestu 80th Anniversary Workshop, in Vught, the Netherlands.
* February 2006 Completed the first course of Study in Sogetsu School of Ikebana.
Read more about me here.
How does my flower photo set up looks like?
After making the flower arranging videos, I turn my video set into a photo studio. To take the thumbnail and Instagram photo, I use a wide white background seamless background paper. The paper is thick, and easy to roll up or unroll.
In this photo you see my video camera a Canon Gx7. For my thumbnail I use my Canon EOS 5D Marc III.
I have to be careful with te arrangement when i switch them from location. Sometimes does this give stressful situations such as collapsing arrangements and water splashes over my white background roll.
I don’t use flash and of course I take servoral photos in various angle of view. By turning the arrangement I discover which side I like the best.
Making videos and photos of flowers is sometimes challenging. I always hope to making the most of their natural beauty, wonderful colors. What is your secrets to take beter floral photos?
Where do I make my flower videos?
You see the table which I use for my flower videos. On the left, you see the water bowl that I use to cut my flowers. Cutting flower stems underwater gives them the opportunity to get immediate access to water. If you don't cut them underwater air may be drawn into the stem, creating a pocket of air or an air embolism that prevents water absorption.
In the middle, you see a container for one of my flower arrangements.
The white sittable skateboard I use to sit on. My ikebana scissors laying a cleaning cloth. If I lay my scissors down on textile, it makes less sound.
And next to the skateboard my waste container.
My routine for my flower video:
* making 3 sketches of arrangements
* Uploading batteries for my camera gear
* buying flowers (by using my Defender )
* preparing the flowers
* preparing the containers or vase for my arrangements
* preparing the video studio, fresh water in my cutting bowl, scissors on the table, batteries in reserve, camera on its place.
* make B-roll of the flowers I use
* making de arrangement and make the video
* tidy up the flower materials
* preparing my ‘photo set’.
* taking photos of the arrangement
* editing my video
* search for additional music for the video
Last year I made my first rides on my racing bike. During this trips, I got inspired by the beautiful flower fields in my neighborhood.
After this ride, I went back to film this field of Brassica.
This is the link to the arrangement and video I made afterward.
Dreams & plans
My dream is to have an extraordinarily YouTube channel where people from around the world love to watch flower videos.
This dream costs a lot of time and energy. But I'm dedicated working on my idea. Holland is the place to go to be inspired by beautiful flowers. I would like to present this virtual inspiration. Feel welcome in my flower world.
Who does help me? Mike does, he is my second pair of hands.
He helps me bu lifting up the arrangement during photo shoots.
My beloved husband @cyclingtheflatlands. Patient and supportive.
Ikebana Beautiful needs you, well your opinion at least.
Do you like my flower video as a tutorial or do you want to see more behind the scenes?
Behind the scenes content on flower trends, me preparing video shoots, and more.
Share your ideas in the comments.
“flowers are just a part of my journey.”
My inspiration comes from:
* places to stay like hotels (the romantic interior of the hotel in this post triggered me * visiting art expositions
* places to eat 🍮
* daily walks in the woods 👣
* my neighboorhood
* a day trip * films
* other people
* and more…🌞🌟💫
Watch the Flower video about the start of my flower Youtube channel below:
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