Traditional Mass Arrangements
The mass arrangement is characterized by large quantities of plant material in a full, but not crowded design. The structural lines are not as clearly defined as in line and line-mass arrangements. The strongest line, top and auxiliary lines on the sides serve to lead to eye of the viewer to the focal area near the rim of the container. Mass arrangements are usually either a symmetrical or asymmetrical triangle or oval in form.
Colors are grouped with the darker colors and larger flowers near the lower center of the design and the lighter colors and smaller flowers forms towards the top and sides. Mass arrangements have become more free flowing in placement of plant material with restraint in the number of flowers used so that each bloom has space to accentuate is own beauty.
Characteristics of traditional mass arrangements are:
In a mass design you want the flow of the plant material to carry your eye through the design, with the main focal point being in front and close to the rim of your vase. The mass arrangement is my all time favorite. I love the freedom of choosing se veral different types of flowers to compliment my roses and to be able to choose many different colors and sizes and shapes and textures.
To get started:
Follow the simple step by step examples shown below and remember the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy what your are creating.
Here are some examples of Traditional Mass Designs from the 2000 TCRS Rose Show: