SO.... I found the perfect piece of wood. I may add another strip later, but for right now, I'm ecstatic with the piece I got. I crossed the river into Portland and went to a salvage place called suprisingly enough Salvage Works :) For a whopping $4, I got a piece of 100+-year-old history.
SO.... I was trying to think ahead (very hard for me!) and do things properly (very hard for me!) I got The Hubby's fancy smancy laser light leveler and he helped me make sure that the strip of wood was truly straight on the wall before I began hammering away. I was ready to use my dark brown panel nails. Yes, I actually thought ahead about what kind of nails to use! I knew I didn't want silver heads "blemishing" my antique wood and then causing me more work to go back and paint over with wood markers. I felt very smug with the dark brown panel nails in hand. Strange, I don't mind the silver in the bulldog clips on the lady's cabinet display but I'm not sure I like that shiny "newness" on mine. Perhaps I'll paint them a solid black later....
Anyway, I grabbed a bunch of cards. One nail. Then another. And then I started realizing all the decisions I needed to make. It wasn't just a matter of pounding in a nail every 4 inches.
Some cards are vertical. Some are horizontal. Some are larger than others.
Should I lay out all my cards on the floor first, to see exactly what's what and what goes where?
Should there be a pattern or theme or some kind of color coordination?
My preference is to hang them as is, but the bullclip bites into the center of some of the images -- like my parrot/bird postcard. So for him especially, the extra length/protection of the sleeve seems necessary.
Will it look "funny" if some of the cards are in protective sleeves and some aren't?
I began to run out of bulldog clips. Yes, I had bought a box of 12. Twelve! A dozen clips to hang my 10 year collection??!!! Hahahaha! Silly me:) I knew I had more clips but didn't realize they were a different size ....
SO.... I gave myself permission to NOT be frustrated for not FINISHING what I had started and relaxed in knowing that I could turn to y'all for your advice.
Now, I realize that I often look but don't really see. You know? So I went back to study the picture of the cabinet cards. I saw then that she had quite a bit of space between her cards. Some of hers are horizontal and some are vertical. One is in a protective sleeve but the others don't appear to be. In one sense, I feel as if I've answered my own questions, but then again, the thing I also finally really "saw" is that her images are all black/brown and white. Since mine are multi-colored, they will definitely look "busier." Does that mean that space around each one is all the more important?
Do please give me your candid opinions and help me finish my project. Like fine China dishes that should be used every day and not stored away, my postcards that bring me so much joy to look at and touch have been long overdue for better treatment. No more tucked away in a box (even though it is one awesome decorative box made by my friend Marj:) Now, let me clarify: I'm not planning to display ALL my collection. I have more than 1,000 cards in my digital business and most of them will stay filed away (hahaha! "filed" away as if I have them all so neatly organzied and alphabetized...hahahaha! I am too funny sometimes:) Anyway, moving along back to the display at hand.....many of these cards are ones that I just have a 'thing' about, a special story to go with it, or the way it feels. These are truly my personal collection. Any suggestions or ideas on how to proceed so that I don't end up pounding a bunch of nails that I need to pull out and move over?
I guess what I'm asking is:
What are the artistic rules on display that make the difference whether something looks lovely and not just a cluttered blob?:)
Should I paint all the clips a solid black? Should they all be the same size or are the different sizes of clips a nice touch of variety? I was going to hang all the cards from the "center" indent line. Should I hang some at the top and some from the bottom edge?
Again, any advice on artistic 'rules of thumb' for display in regard to groupings and displays will be much appreciated!!
UPDATE: A big merci beaucoup for everyone's advice!!! And Marj, I finally figured out the garlic joke:)hahaha!
Thanks to Gail, I spent an evening reading about Sibella Court and checking out her books (I'm next in line for a copy of Bowerbird at the library and I really wanna see/touch a copy of Etcetera), which led me to Rebecca Purcell and "Interior Alchemy" (a used copy headed my way from Florida:)
A big thanks, also, to Lynne, Marj and Chris for affirming that I need to leave space and go with groupings/themes. I will think of this as my own private gallery to change with the seasons!
Daqadoodles Debbie, in regard to color groupings, YES! I'm so glad you pointed that out. My mind was working in that direction and you've verified it for me.
In regard to painting the clips, that would be easy. I have a new can of black spray paint at hand. However, I'm also toying with the idea of wood push pins I saw at a store the other day. I had tried some of the mini-clothespins at my shop and the quality of the ones I got from Craft Warehouse are ATROCIOUS. If you try to clip and reclip more than 2-3 times, the wood pops out from the silver clip. SO I've become very anti-clothespin. However, I may try out the wooden push pins (will definitely have to put all of the cards in sleeves then for sure) and might even try mixing: some pins, some black clips ..... Hmmm.... I just realized that if the cards are all in protective sleeves, I could actually use a tack on the backside and no form of attachment would even show, but I'm not sure if they would gape forward or exactly how they would hang. Maybe I should try some of Sibella's masking tape:)
Anyway, again, I can't thank you enough. Listening to y'alls advice helped turn this into what it should be: from perfectionist-driven angst to a fun adventure in decorating and displaying!! Remerciements!