Colour - Book 3 Lessons 8, 9 and 10.
Written by Sandy Marker
Everyone loves colour.
Colour is one of the three Sogetsu elements (Line, Colour and Mass), thus playing a very important part in ikebana arrangements.
The study of colour is quite intricate, as many of us can verify and this has an added ‘hurdle’ because no flower, leaf, or branch is the same colour. Even though plant material may come from the same plant/source the diversity is immense. This range of colour adds to the excitement and/or the refinement of the arrangement.
The use of colour in Sogetsu ikebana is taught in 3 stages – Tonal Colour, Contrast Colour, and The Colour of the Container. Try to be adventurous with colour and experiment, don’t stick to the ‘true and tested’ combinations be exciting to push the boundaries of colour