Guess I was never a real tv fan. But as a kid, and now comes the big confession, I was a kid when we didn’t have broadcasting all day long or non-stop channels, we had an hour best and so was it. No programme times there used to be that signal, do you remember it? Yes the test card one! So when I saw this week’s prompt at Journal 52: television, I knew what goes into my journal, a pal/secam test signal card. Are you ready for calibration?

I worked only with colour pencils to keep it simple, my message is that tv is not an important part of my life, well actually I don’t mind for a colour signal card, I can entertain myself with my art. First I drew a grid.

Next I made my frame with black:

Next I added limited colour lines:

And finally of course my circle:

So no broadcast here sweeties, just SMPTE colour bars and sub-black on full-white screen!


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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15 Responses to Television

  1. I remember those signals from way back when and when I saw yours, the sounds came back to my memory as well! Never thought of drawing up one… I think this is a cool way of showing how unimportant TV is to you! 🙂

  2. Lisette says:

    What a fabulous trip down memory lane – great page. I remember the days when programming was limited. There was a time when they did test programmes and there was one I loved which was about a science museum somewhere in Europe. Sometimes when the test card was on I would “ice skate” on the carpet to the music!! Happy days 🙂

    • lerusho says:

      Each one of us has different memories over that time, I guess it was also good as a part of waiting with excitement that doesn’t exist anymore, nowadays it seems to be granted, you just open the box and there is always something, so it is not interesting or important any more!

  3. zksmith says:

    This brings back memories to me too! We didn’t used to have television on Mondays at all. Now with the Internet available, know needs TV? I can see that this was a fun project to make!

    • lerusho says:

      Zsuzsa, about having broadcast everyday or not I don’t have memories, probably I wasn’t paying attention to details like that, I am not sure that internet is going to change tv habits, both of them can be pretty addictive 🙂

  4. windinn says:

    Just love this, Ruth – TV was such a novelty when it came to our house in the 50’s that I would sit glued to it watching the test pattern. Thanks for the memories!

  5. Kay Wallace says:

    Yep, for us it was called a “test pattern,” and I remember it well. This really made me smile, Ruth. Love how your mind works!

  6. kampysgirl says:

    This is great Ruth! When I saw the first photo- I lol because I thought of those late nights when I would fall asleep, after having begged to stay up late, only to be woken up by that hummmmmm… sound of the testing and then that picture on the screen!! thanks so much for the flashback and giggles! hugs my friend!

  7. Vicky says:

    I also remember 🙂

  8. Christine says:

    I just discovered your page! We both had the same idea (but different ways to realize). I like your drawing and the idea behind!
    I also remember those days… and after I had that thought it wasn’t easy to find a black and white test signal card (now I know the english word, too).
    Best wishes from Germany

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