Typically, creation of an Oshibana, requires several time-consuming stages. It begins with selection of flowers, leaves and other plant material such as bark, branches and so on. Crucially, these components need to be picked at the right time so that their colours can be preserved in the best possible way. Drying and pressing the material is the next important phase requiring not only time but also skills and experience.Once the required parts reach the preserved state, the artist can use them to create a pressed floral design, by carefully arranging the dry flowers, leaves, etc. on a base , usually Washi (Japanese paper).