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Crossing Boundaries

Floral Trends Design Group Assignment

Oasis Design 5

In geography, an oasis is a remote area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source.

In Floral design Oasis is basically the same thing.

It is a small block of floral foam that we use as a water source for plant material.
But as a contemporary designer there is so much more you can do with Oasis. Over the coming month I will explore and use Oasis (focusing mostly on Rainbow Oasis) in my designs and add a few tutorials as I go along.

My Oasis design series include: Prickly Oasis, my take on using Oasis as a water source, A Work of Heart, using Oasis to weigh down an underwater garland Hanging Garden Oasis in powder form, One Singular Sensation, carving pebbles, Crossing Boundaries, using Oasis to conceal mechanics and A Rock by any other Name.. for Oasis rocks
See below for the design links

Crossing Boundaries

"Crossing Boundaries" Floral Trends Club Arrangement

Floral Art design Crossing Boundaries.

Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the “under” and the “over” of the design.

Under detail of my Crossing Boundaries design.

Under detail of my Crossing Boundaries design.

Over detail of my Crossing Boundaries design.

Over detail of my Crossing Boundaries design.

Under and Over

Aluminum wire (lime green) and thin ivy stems and tight bud lilies follow the curve and cross the horizontal lines of the twigs.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

19 February 2011 Cover plastic test tubes with Oasis Rainbow Foam powder

Covering test tubes with foam make them completely disappear in a design

2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

13 October 2011 Prevent teeth marks on soft wire when you bend it with pliers

Even long nose pliers without grooves still damage soft aluminum wire. Pad the pliers with a plaster.

30 March 2012 Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Related Designs

11 February 2011 A Work of Heart

Carving hearts out of Rainbow Oasis to create an under water design

17 February 2011 Hanging Garden

Hanging garden Design using Rainbow Oasis Powder

25 February 2011 A Rock by any other Name...

It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.

17 February 2016 Where would you put it!?!

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers

1 June 2016 The ties that Bind

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

2 November 2016 Pick your poison

A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals

8 February 2011 Prickly Oasis

Create the two or more coloured details with Rainbow Oasis.

3 April 2011 One Singular Sensation

Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.