The Rising Form Variation

The Rising Form Variation, like the Basic Rising Form, is used to express the natural beauty of materials that grow up vertically toward the sun. The materials are grouped on either the left or right side of the container and rise vertically into the space above. The surface of the water is exposed and becomes a part of the overall arrangement.

The stems in the arrangement:
The Subject rises tall on either the left or right side 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 tilts 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 of the other materials used in the arrangement are Filler stems and are used to emphasize the beauty of not only the Subject and Object, but also the surface of the water. 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 should be around 1 ½ times the length and height of the container.
The length of the Object is 1/3 the length of the Subject.

Length of the filler stems:
The length of the Filler stems is free. When looking at each branch or stem, think carefully about its size, and where it will be placed in the arrangement. Cut a length that will add to the beauty of the Subject and Object, not detract from them.

Filler area:
The Filler stems must also be arranged within the Filler Area (the green shaded area in the diagram above). Note that the filler area is different on each side of the Subject – it extends out to 1/2 the length of the Subject over the water and extends out to 1/3 the length of the Subject on the opposite side.

Angle of the main stems:
The Subject can lean within 20 degrees in any direction – front, back, left, right
The Object leans 45 degrees to the front and can swing up to 20 degrees to the left or right of center.

The list of materials for the Basic Rising Form can also be used for the Rising Form Variation.

Two materials:
Flowering plum, mustard flower
Flowering dogwood, anemone or stock or prairie gentian
Tulip, carnation or stock
Larkspur, sweet pea or gerbera daisy
Flowering cherry tree, daffodil or carnation or rose
Flowering redbud tree, daffodil

Two materials:
Allium sphaerocephalum, prairie gentian or dahlia
Cattail, sunflower
Iris ochroleuca, rose or sunflower
Allium gigantium, sunflower

Two materials:
Scotch broom, Dendrobium phalaenopsis or cockscomb
Mahonia japonica, cockscomb
Curcuma, rose or dahlia
Chestnut tree, prairie gentian

Two materials:
Iris, sweet pea
Sword fern, sweet pea
Young pine, chrysanthemum or pincushion
Siberian dogwood, stock or rose
Flowering quince, chrysanthemum or mustard flower
Mitsumata, poinsettia or rose or gerbera
S. sachalinensis “Sekka”, chrysanthemum or rose

Year Round
Two materials:
Calla lily, rose or carnation
Bird of paradise, dracaena “Song of India” or “Song of Jamaica”
New Zealand flax, rose or carnation or chrysanthemum
Trumpet lily, rose
Dendrobium phalaenopsis, stock
Bird’s nest fern “Emerald Wave”, gerbera daisy

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