Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch Doodlewash

As we end our “Les Petites Choses” Doodlewash Adventure this month, I thought it fitting to include an Etch A Sketch. Not only is it a fun tool for doodling, but it was also created by a French inventor named André Cassagnes. His toy was first unveiled in 1959 at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany. Cassagnes originally called his invention L’Ecran Magique, which translates to “the Magic Screen.”

This was probably one of my favorite toys as a kid and it really did feel like magic. Using just two little white knobs you could make a stroke appear on the screen and doodle a masterpiece. Well, there are people out there who can make those, but I just settled for anything that resembled the thing I had in my head. One knob moved the line vertically and the other horizontally. If you moved them simultaneously you could get it to make curved lines. When you were ready to start again, shaking it erased everything and gave you a fresh blank screen.

I never mastered this toy and my doodles were not very good at all. But it was so much fun to try to get the line to go where I wanted that I didn’t care. I feel the same about doodlewashing. It’s just about trying to get lines to go in the right direction so they make what I see, or a rough equivalent. Today, instead of white knobs, I use my trusty fountain pen and some watercolor, but the concept is the same. The inability to shake my sketchbook in frustration until the page goes blank is probably a blessing in disguise.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. I wasn’t sure where this one was heading at the beginning, but it’s been fun to explore so many little things from the last century that made me smile. I hope many of them have made you smile as well. And I also hope you’ll join me for another ride in February as we start a new Doodlewash Adventure tomorrow!


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67 Comments
  1. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    My brother had one and I liked to play with it. This was a great theme, Charlie. I enjoyed following along. And learning little tidbits of info along with seeing your delightful illustrations. Now you can write about anything and illustrate your stories – no need for stock photography!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Cynthia!! So happy you enjoyed this journey!! 💕😃 And thanks so much! It was fun to relive little bits from the past! Hehe

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    I have a love-hate relationship with this thing because I could never get it to work properly either. But unlike with with pencils or paints, I always felt like I could never get it to work the way I wanted it to. That said, it was really fun…in that wholly frustrating way. LOL!

    I have SO enjoyed this month with you and this theme…but then I enjoy all your themes! <3

    See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

    • Author

      Thanks Teresa!! 💕😃This thing totally frustrated me but that didn’t stop me from coming back for more! Lol So glad you liked this little adventure!! ❤️

  3. hiramvargas 2 years ago

    Cool topic.

  4. Teri C 2 years ago

    Great job on this fun toy and a wonderful month of toy illustrations. Loved them all.

  5. Arvind 2 years ago

    I love how your drawings suddenly bring me flashes of childhood memories! My uncle bought me this and I loved him for it, it was magical. You also compose your images beautifully with interesting perspectives and highlights which i really like.

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much Arvind!! I really appreciate that! 😃 I’m glad this month brought back good memories! It was fun to doodlewash!

  6. Nancy 2 years ago

    Yay!! Thank you, Charlie! You’ve made my day. I spent so many hours mesmerized by this clever little toy. Even today, with all the screens and electronics out there, the students in our classroom are amazed with them. They think there is something magical about how the lines appear. Such a simple, yet fun concept! I loved your January theme and I can’t wait to see where February leads you.😊

    • Author

      Thanks Nancy!! 💕😃This was a fun month considering I had no idea where it would lead when I started! Hehe…but then again I never really do and I guess that also part of the fun. 😊 These things really were pretty magical though!

  7. Love your work here, Charlie, and another great memory too. You can do anything!!! And make it endearing and charming. Looking forward to your next adventure tomorrow!! 💜💜💜

    • Author

      Awww thanks Laura! ❤️😃It’s been tough lately to get these posts made, so I’m so glad you liked it!! I really had fun with this month’s theme! 😃hehe

  8. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    What a delightful journey this has been, thank you for taking us along and sharing your lovely art. Looking forward to more explorations…Peace.

  9. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    What a fast month, I love the Etch a Shetch! I owned one and loved it. I’m looking forward to February and the surprises ahead, Charlie.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Sharon!! 💕😃This month did move pretty fast even though it was a 31 day project. I enjoyed it a lot though…glad you liked it too!!

  10. Etch-a-sketch, that’s it, I was useless at it! Thank you Charlie, and what a great end to a fantastic themed month, I think they should be printed and put into a reminiscent book……in ready ness for when the 1970’s bunch need a bit of cheering up down memory lane. Your doodles are far better than photos……I would buy one, in preparation for dementia! Tools like that are so useful, and we need to think of the future generations needs! I would love a book for patients now with 1920’s/1940’s, even 1950’s toys…..not that there was as many iconic toys then. ………what will February’s theme be?

    • Author

      Awww thanks Rebecca!! I’m thrilled you liked this month!! I love toys and so it was super fun. And yeah…I felt like dementia was already setting in some days and I felt really old! Lol I could probably find enough to do a whole year’s worth, but time to move on. I was going to reveal a new theme today, but opted for a day of rest instead. More time to play with my toys. 😊lol

  11. jmnowak 2 years ago

    …I know, fabulous jewellery, just in time for Valentine’s Day! 😉

    • Author

      Haha! Now that would be fun! But I’m terrible at making jewelry of any kind. 😊lol

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        Not ‘make’ the jewellery, Charlie…draw it! I think it would be a huge challenge to get the detail and colouring of gemstones, and I think to doodlewash diamonds would be, well, interesting, to say the least.
        PS: I can no longer view your website on my Windows Phone…something about trying to phish info from my server, meaning you’re not a safe site!! That doesn’t happen often! What have you changed?

      • Author

        Gemstones would be fun!! I might try to work that in this month! And hmmm…I haven’t changed anything on my site, unless it was something WordPress did or a problem with Windows phone. That’s odd. I don’t know anyone else who has one to check with and test it.

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  13. Tori 2 years ago

    Congratulations on completing a wonderful month, I’ve really enjoyed your jaunts down memory lane!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Tori!! 💕😃 So happy you enjoyed this series. I think it was one of my personal favorites to date! Hehe

  14. waynejacques 2 years ago

    Great series of work for January. Lots of great memories and great doodlewashes.

  15. memadtwo 2 years ago

    So much fun Charlie! Looking forward to the next adventure. (K)

  16. I actually wonder whether anyone ever produced anything other than weird shakey-line drawings on this thing. My favourite thing was to etch out a square so you could see the mechanism inside.

    • Author

      They did! It’s ridiculous actually…hehe…I was looking up information on Etch A Sketch and ran across an art page where people created ridiculously complex and amazing sketches. Wouldn’t want to shake it after those! Hehe.. And too funny…I did the same thing. Since I couldn’t actually make a decent sketch, the mechanism was the coolest part! 😊lol

  17. Jodi 2 years ago

    The perfect doodlewash ending for this month. Loved my etch a sketch! Can’t wait to see what February brings!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! ❤️😃 Glad you liked this and so glad you came along for this adventure. Wouldn’t be the same without you friend!

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        Awh! Thanks charlie! It was a wonderful adventure indeed! 🙂

  18. Cathe 2 years ago

    That is by far one of the most vibrant Etch-a-Sketches I have ever seen! I loved them too Charlie and just the fact that you were challenged with a horizontal and vertical line…how to make a diagonal line! Great way to end the month!

  19. itsmyhusbandandme 2 years ago

    I had one and it drove me nuts. Love The End! Nice touch.

    Jp

    • Author

      Thanks!! 😃Glad you enjoyed this…and were equally frustrated with this contraption. It was so difficult, yet so stupidly intriguing! Hehe

  20. anniedrawsthings 2 years ago

    This has been such a fun adventure! Can’t wait to start the next one!

  21. Carol 2 years ago

    Charlie, thanks for the weeks of nostalgia and sweet memories. It was fun to follow you on this journey and I am eager to see where you take us next!

  22. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    A great way to spend a fun month. Thanks Charlie! 🙂

  23. Jacob 2 years ago

    What a marvellous way to close the series! I had something resembling one of these – likely a rip-off product, the name of which I’m sure had the word ‘doodle’ in it somewhere come to think of it (sadly no ‘wash’). It never went as I wanted, but it was a lot of fun to play around with. There are some terrific images on Google of what people have created; they certainly put my efforts to shame!

    As always it’s been great fun – so many memories, some new ones on me, and of course Rex <3. Looking forward to the next voyage!

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob!! I can’t believe some of the things people managed to create with this thing. It always perplexed me! Hehe… There was also something called a Skedoodle, but this one was more popular. Glad you enjoyed the memories… And your birthday Rex! 😉 That was all I got you sadly. Hope you had an amazing birthday yesterday my friend!! ❤️

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        The Skedoodle wasn’t what I had, but it looks pretty intriguing in itself! And Rex was my favourite present of all! <3 Better than a tube of Citrus Polos! 😉

      • Author

        Awww yay!! I should have done it on a piece of loose paper so I could mail it to you! 😊

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Oh, that would have been insane! But no worries, for I have it saved on my PC 😉 and am thinking of printing it out, having it made into wallpaper, duvet cover, something like that.

      • Author

        Hehe!! I have a few accidental duvet covers available in my Society6 shop. Apparently anything square at the right resolution makes shower curtains and duvets covers available whether I like it or not! So weird!!

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Haha, oh my… here I was thinking I was joking. A Rex shower curtain does sound mighty tempting now… you know what, I’ll just have a Rex house!

      • Author

        Haha! Rex everywhere…curtains too! 😉👍🏻

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Oooh, yes please! I wonder if there are actually people with your doodlewashes on their curtains and duvets? What a thought!

      • Author

        I can assure you their aren’t!! Lol Nobody has purchased those amazing items yet! And showers and beds everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief! Lol

  24. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    I have so enjoyed your doodlewashes for January, Charlie and the memories you shared were often similar to my own experiences. 😊❤️🎨 Love your etch a sketch here! A perfect ending! 🎉 Can’t wait to see what surprises you will have for February. Hehe! 💙💖💕

    • Author

      Thank you Jill!! 💕😃So happy you liked this adventure. It was fun going back to these little things! Hehe… Though some days tough to decide which one to choose! 😊😊 Glad you joined me my friend!! ❤️

  25. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    What the heck? I know I typed a comment last night…did you eat it for a snack, Charlie?! 😀 Well, I’m not going to repeat myself but I do adore your January challenge and your grand finale “le fin” doodlewash! <3

    • Author

      Haha! It was still there and I responded to it! I was just slow …it’s been an insane 24 hours. Though I DO love to snack on your comments…lol..love them always!! ❤️❤️😃

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Wacky…I didn’t see my comment at all, not that you didn’t respond to it. Durn it, internet; why do you mess with my head? LOL! You are too kind, dear Charlie! x

  26. Kari 2 years ago

    I loved the Etch-a-sketch! I too wasn’t dexterous enough to create meaningful drawings but oh how!

    Your doodlewash of course, is wonderful!

    • Author

      Hehe….I couldn’t create a darn thing with an Etch A Sketch. It was maddening but still somehow so fun! Lol Thanks Kari! ❤️😃

  27. […] Spirograph, but also rather obscure ones like this. Here we have a little lesser-known cousin to Etch A Sketch (which I doodlewashed last year) called Skedoodle that was released by Hasbro in 1979 and […]

  28. […] sketch of a bee and drew this instead. It was liberating to wipe the page clean like shaking an Etch A Sketch and move right on to something else. So here we have a bit of a hive of honey bees doing their bee […]

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