Don't forget that not every bouquet has to be a masterpiece. The important thing is to have fun, experiment, and use your creativity. You'll find lots of inspiration in magazines, on web sites, and in nature. Just find some simple looks you like, and try duplicating them at home. Over time, you'll get more confident and creative, and who knows? You may find it's a great way to make very personalized gifts. So, pick up some flowers today, and make a beautiful bouquet. You might discover a talent that's ready to bloom in you.
Western style arrangements typically consist of a free form assemblage of flowers in a container. In contrast, Ikebana is more of a disciplined form of art, governed by well_defined rules, principles and techniques. For example, certain precepts regulate elements like the light and the shadows. There is also what is known as the three points of balance _ shin_fuku_tai in Japanese _ which symbolize man, heaven and earth, respectively, and that have to be in harmonious equilibrium in order to give true life to an Ikebana flower arrangement. This and the fact that stems and branches are used in addition to flowers, are perhaps the most obvious differences with western_style flower arrangement.