The Basic Inclining Form is used to express the natural beauty of materials that grow out horizontally above the earth. The materials are grouped at the center of the container and extend out into the space around it.
The stems in the arrangement:
The Subject extends out horizontally from the center of the container. It is the main
branch of the arrangement and can be a flower, leaf, or branch. The Object is
centered low in the arrangement and bends forward to draw the viewer in.
It creates a focal point from which all the other materials rise and can
also be a flower, leaf, or branch. All the other materials used in the
arrangement are filler stems and are used to emphasize the beauty of the Subject and Object. How you use the filler stems gives variation and individual character
to the overall work.
Length of the main stems:
The length of the Subject can be up to twice the length and height of the container. The length of the Object is 1/3 the length of the Subject.
Angle of the main stems:
The Subject can be placed anywhere within the 270 degree area shown above – in the
front, in the rear, on the left side, on the right side. It can incline
down anywhere from 60 to 90 degrees. Look carefully at your Subject material
to find the best position.
The Object leans 45 degrees to the front, and can swing up to 20 degrees to the left
or right of center.
Length of the filler stems:
The length of the filler stems is free. However, the filler stems must be arranged within the filler
When looking at each branch or stem, think carefully about its size, and
where it will be placed in the arrangement. Cut to a length that will add
to the beauty of the Subject and Object, not detract from them.
Inclining Form Materials
Tulip, foxtail fern (Asparagus cochinchinensis)
Thunberg’s spirea, sweet pea or anemone or rose
Sword fern, anemone or carnation or Ranunculus
Freesia, foxtail fern (Asparagus cochinchinensis) or sweet pea or rose
New Zealand flax, rose, baby’s breath (Gypsophila)
Monstera, carnation or rose, misty blue or lace flower
Italian ruscus, carnation or gerbera daisy or rose
Kookaburra, sunflower or pincushion
Allium sphaerocephalum, prairie gentian
Snake plant (Sansevieria), begonia or geranium
Gladiola, sunflower or dahlia
Anthurium, rose, baby’s breath (Gypsophila)
Sandersonia, Gloriosa, lace flower
Toad lily, small chrysanthemum
Chestnut, cockscomb or dahlia or gentian
Japanese rosehip, cockscomb or rose or Oriental lily
Bittersweet, gentian, small carnation
Quince (with fruit), cockscomb, spray chrysanthemum
Kangaroo paw, rose
Fasciated willow, amaryllis
Bare branches, Asiatic lily or Oriental lily
Flowering quince, chrysanthemum or ping-pong chrusanthemum
Pine, spider chrysanthemum or rose
Pussy willow, gerbera daisy, Asparagus myriocladus
Palm fern, lily, Solidago
Dracaena godseffiana, gerbera daisy or anthurium
Dracaena “Song of India”, rose
Bird’s nest fern, rose or carnation or chrysanthemum
Sword fern, Dendrobium, baby’s breath (gypsophila)