skulls and plants

The Vignettist

October 26, 2017Susan

Vignettist: a person who makes vignettes

Vignette: any small endearing scene, view, picture, etc

Hello fellow plant lovers, I know you are out there. Today I’m sharing some photographs I took of some of my plants.

styling house plants with urban jungle bloggers

I love to create small set ups or tableau’s for photography. Styling an area of my home so it evokes a certain mood or feeling. Perhaps bringing the viewer in, piquing their curiosity.

I’m a vignettist!

I created this vignette for this months Urban Jungle Bloggers theme of Plants and Words.

different ways of displaying houseplants

For this scene I wanted to evoke feelings of time gone by, but also the freshness, inspiration and new growth that comes with owning plants.

The title “The Vignettist” gives these images a feeling of old cinema. Films like The Jazz Singer come to mind. Maybe Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, perhaps even the more modern; The Artist.

The Barber board which the title is mounted on is also of a different era. Reinforcing the old and new themes I love.

cactus with flowers about to bloom

I feel a little like I’m back on my Fine Art degree sharing all this;  discussing the why’s and wherefore’s of my creative decision making!

I hope you find it interesting?

I never used plants before to create art, but they are so full of life that they are the perfect subject.

skulls and plants

This tableau of plants and words is sitting on a very old chest of drawers (find out more about the drawers in this video) and the planters are all new except for the peachy one at the back with a matching saucer, which is vintage. The African figurines were via a car boot sale and the plants themselves are mostly Ikea, supermarket and Plant Shop Manchester, which are based in Stockport.

urban jungle bloggers love the plants

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Comments (28)

  • Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

    October 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I love the idea of being a ‘Vignettist’ and I have to agree that breaking down your creative decisions does sound a bit a justification during art at uni. (I remember it well!) I’m loving the use of the skull desk tidy as a planter too and it all looks great together. Now I fancy being a vignettist rather than the things I should be doing today.

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Haha!! Cringe! I’m not sure why I felt I needed to explain! Thanks lovely x

      1. Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

        October 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        Haha! Not cringe! I liked it, made me smile and remember the craziness of justifying everything at uni. And, on a side note, I’m thinking of making a mini version of your Christmas cake – looks yummy! Xx

      2. Susie

        October 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm

        Oh mini ones are such a good idea!

  • Lazy Daisy jones

    October 26, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Hello ! Love your vignettes Sue !
    Ashley x

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks so much Ash!

  • Rachel

    October 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    That looks great, it’s a very nicely designed and orchestrated vignette!

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Aw thanks so much!

  • oliviagaskill

    October 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    You can never go wrong with a good plant, and I really like that barber board I may have to invest in one myself :)!x

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm


  • Kimberly Duran

    October 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Loving the skull head planter! Love the whole set up – plants are always good in a vignette! xx

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Cheers lovely lady!

  • karen jones

    October 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Ah this brings back memories from when I first started blogging years ago and followed lots of wonderful American blogs. They were always talking about and showcasing their beautiful vignettes. I love that there is now a name for a person who makes them !
    Love your photographs x

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Ah thanks so much!

  • Geraldine

    October 26, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful vignette and styling x

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks G!

  • Antonia #tidylife

    October 26, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Lovely styling inspiration! I like the blend of old and new. Your plants look really healthy, too – what’s the secret?! #imaserialplantkiller 😀

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I really am just winging it!

  • Candy Pop

    October 27, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Adorable styling, Sue! I love your vignette – so cute! I hope you have a fabulous Friday. x

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much darling

  • Kirsty

    October 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I really love your use of house plants in your styling! It’s wonderful but what do you do when you go away? Xxx

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Well we are never away for more than a week and I put them somewhere shady!

  • Kate

    October 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Beautiful styling hun! I love creating little vignettes in my home xx

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      We love faffing!

  • Lori

    October 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I always love seeing plants used creatively! Loved these vignette shots

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Lori- its plant corner!

  • imogenroseblogs

    October 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I love your little mini jungle. Plants add such a fab touch to your home don’t they! Make me so happy 😀 x Imogen xx

    1. Susie

      October 30, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Imogen! They really do!

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