This week Meghan shares more tips to help you feel more confident in experimenting with vignettes in your home, I really hope we have inspired you to try one for yourself and I welcome you to Instagram them and tag us @Bowerhouse @Meghan_Plowman - Meghan and I would love to check them out!
Words & Images Meghan Plowman
Designing your vignette and deciding how to arrange your objects can be overwhelming at first. If you are new to vignetting I recommend starting with 3-7 objects in varied size, shape and height. Try positioning your pieces at different levels to create some dimension. That might mean taping a card to a wall, hanging a paper lampshade from a hook or placing an old telephone on a chair. Then it’s time to start playing around with positioning until you are happy with the balance.
Below, I have put together a simple example to show you how I play around with placement and to help you understand balance. I find it’s better to experiment in different ways to see what works rather than just go with your first effort. For this exercise I chose three favourite striped stationery items in different shapes, you can choose anything you like to get you started.
To begin with I turned the corner of my notebook upwards and played with the end of twine roll to add some interest and show what these pieces are. Then I placed the yellow pen lying down on the shelf, with the other two pieces upright. Whilst the heights are different, I don’t feel this composition has enough interesting placement.
For the second layout, I shifted the heights around - the pen upright in the centre and my twine lying down. Although I like the unusual central peak formed by this composition as well as the twine end unrolled, it still doesn’t seem the most balanced visual to me.
Lastly I moved my twine back upright and rested the pen at an angle against it. I like the triangle created by this angle. If you follow the edge of my curled post it note corner, it creates a line that runs past the twine and finishes on the pen tip. This results in an overall balance I am happy with.
Please don’t be scared to change, move, hang and reposition until your eye is happy with the result. Achieving balance takes practice; art and photography books are a great resource for helping hone your eye for composition.
DONT BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT!
Try to think about the pieces you are using and how they can be displayed; do they have tassles to hang? Are they a vessel or box that can you place something inside? Could something be tied around it? Is it light enough to be stuck or hung on a wall or tied to an edge of a chair?
Be open to changing, stacking, adding to, painting, removing or tying together your chosen pieces. Wrap a stone with crochet or string, hang a scarf on a chair, pull petals from flowers, or make a poster or wire lettering from your favourite quote or line from a poem. It’s about creating something with meaning that will make you smile each time you walk past! Plus, the added beauty of these collections (other than the pieces themselves) is that they can be changed whenever the season or mood suits. You could change your creative corner weekly if you so desire!