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Art Noticeboarding!

Last year I fell in love with Dianne Faw’s Art Journals. I couldn’t think of anything better than gorgeous recycled images turned into a new work of art. But I couldn’t bring myself to buying an old book , pulling out pages and making one myself. So I parked the idea.

Fast forward to Christmas  and the tidying up of my craft table in the guest bedroom. Above my table I have a noticeboard, a gift from a son when I had the idea of pinning inspirational pictures, poems etc to it. Over the couple of years I had it, all I had done was add layer upon layer. To make it fun I added some old Christmas cards which had made me laugh and which might give my visitors a chuckle. After Christmas I took them down.

Can you feel a Kerchink moment arriving?

Why not have a themed notice board full of pictures and see what inspiration they gave me and change it each month. In my winter de-cluttering I also came across a scrapbook I had used for my C&G Creative embroidery course, which still had lots of blank pages.

An IDEA was born.

In January the theme had to be Winter. I had a super selection of pictures to choose from. old Christmas cards, photos that didn’t make an album and pictures cut from the Yorkshire Ridings magazine which my Dad passes onto me when he has read it each month.

Here was the result.

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Sorry about the awful shine on the left side. My favourite images were

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Mr E in the snow a few years ago… ssshhh we haven’t had any of the white stuff this year, which in some ways is good, but I have found myself of late thinking “But we didn’t have Winter this year”


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snowy scene with a power station- who knew that a power station could look good.


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the sign post.

In comes February and time to take down the pictures – this is where the scrapbook comes in

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a winter themed page. Now I have got a great deal to learn when it comes to constructing an art page but I will get there. First thing I learned was that you need words too and the second was that you can decide what you are going to do next but be prepared to be surprised and to change your mind. I had decided that February would be all about crocuses and snowdrops. But the images just weren’t working , then gradually this appeared.

A romantic theme, just ready for Valentines’ day.

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To the left is a picture of the first ever Valentine’s card and  there are a couple of wedding dresses(Victorian and modern). I looked at a lot of pictures of models in wedding dresses, frankly there were a lot of grumpy looking stick insects striding down cat walks, would those pictures really make anyone choose the dresses.. much prefer the happy bride picture I choose. I love the picture of the girl in the pink dress- jealousy or what, and the setting so perfect.

My favourite images are

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the church in the field, the gloved hands

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the happy older couple and

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the Church Lychgate. I think I shall be looking out for some more Lychgates this year..

Not quite certain what March will bring, or what ideas will come from my art noticeboarding. Love to know how anyone else collects inspirational pictures and what they do with them? Also any suggestions on how to improve what I am trying to do.


California Dreams….and a bit of Arizona!

It is great to be back home… We had a fantastic trip and my head is brimming with images, people, places, scenery, new experiences,thoughts, ideas, creativity. It has been a simply wonderful experience The jet lag has set in, there are two suitcases of washing to do and normal life awaits, but I can’t wait anymore to start writing about this trip!

Four years ago we visited San Fransisco, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We only had ten days and vowed to come back for longer. Unfortunately Eric got cancer, but after treatment made a full recovery and we started saving for the trip! Both of us have milestone birthdays this year- he has already passed the day, mine is still to come, so it seemed right that this should be the year for this adventure.

So our first port of call was San Fransisco. Last time we came we had bought an outfit for the then baby Master H from Macy’s so it was only right and proper to buy one for Master T this time. So we began with coffee in Union Square and the trip to Macy’s.


Eric loves the film Vertigo  which Hitchcock filmed in California to show case the state. We had visited most of the locations on our first visit- this time the plan was to visit the remaining ones. So the next stop was to the Legion of Honor. A lovely art gallery- with rather a nice Monet- waterlillies.


For Vertigo fans- we found the pillars from which Madelaine is seen gazing at the picture of Carlotta, but there is no such portrait!

No visit to any city is complete without a great deal of pavement (sidewalks- I gather pavement means road in the US) pounding, and oh boy are the streets in San Fransisco something else!


See what I mean. These first three pictures were taken by Eric, on his new birthday present. The rest are taken by me on a slightly inferior camera but one that meets my needs. Anyway off we go again.

Last we visited this row of houses called the Painted Ladies and loved them so much we just had to come back. They are so pretty, and by the time we got there the infamous fog had lifted and the sun was shining and people were out with their dogs, and sitting on the grass and just chilling!


Eric is also just a tad obsessed with the Golden Gate bridge and one thing we really wanted to do was to take a boat trip round the Bay and under the bridge. So here we are waiting to go.


And here is the Bridge, the fog descended just after the trip began, and this is the best photo I took!


Now as it happens I quite liked the fog, because whilst there is a fog there is also a fog horn which makes a rather a mournful noise and is rather atmospheric. Don’t worry Eric says I am weird too if that’s what you are thinking.

The trip round the Bay takes you to Alcatraz ( we went there last time, and it was a pretty amazing place and I would not have liked to be there)


And San Fransisco looks so very lovely from the sea, can you imagine what it must have been like to be so close and so far away, if incarcerated in Alcatraz- apparently the inmates could hear the noises from the city.


And so the boat goes to Golden Gate Bridge and under it and round back again, and this is my best closer up picture.


And finally it is back to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, where we delighted to find that there were still these guys in residence- we had heard they had gone and we were so thrilled to see them here.


And of course the sun had come out again


I didn’t actually take this picture, but it is my camera. Anyway the sun was out again and the sea looked just perfect.



And so it was onto the next stage of our adventure- The Road Trip. And as we collect the car from the airport ( cheaper from the airport rather than in town—Why?) Eric says it has always been his ambition to drive over Golden Gate Bridge- WHY? I said he was a tad obsessed didn’t I? What he didn’t realise was that first it entailed driving through San Fransisco-


AAAGH! Scary or what! And so onto the bridge and over! And then the sat nav sets in- now we could have had a car with one fitted but Eric has downloaded a free one to his phone. There was a really good reason why MaryLou was free- she gets lost, and where did she get lost for the first time- coming over the bridge, and what does she do, but gets us back on the Bridge going back into the city. But Marylou is a resourceful  satnav lady and after we have paid the toll ( you only pay in one direction) she takes us through the Golden Gate car park and up onto the Bridge again- so yup that’s right we drove it 3 TIMES.


And so we were finally on our way.

PS Eric says he doesn’t need to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge any more.

to be continued…

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