Here’s a quick little doodlewash of one of my earliest little toys. A game called Cootie where you roll dice to earn body parts so you can build a brightly colored and insanely happy little bug. This was suggested by Guest Doodlewasher Jaimie Campbell after yesterday’s Mr. Potato Head. I don’t actually remember playing this as a game so much as putting together and playing with the little bugs themselves.
The game was meant to be for younger kids who couldn’t read yet and used only pictures. The object is to be the first to build a three-dimensional bug-like object called a “cootie” from a variety of plastic body parts. The game came out in 1949 and is still available today, however, the bugs have changed over the years. These are the ones I remember from when I was a kid in the 70s, but the current ones have even goofier faces.
Perhaps the most memorable thing from my childhood, was the word “Cooties.” This wasn’t used to refer to the game, but to refer to the diseases you would catch if you were to be even touched by the opposite sex. In grade school, this was a reason to avoid the opposite sex as you were just beginning to discover how different they were from you. So, getting cooties was not cool and it was best to just hang out with the other kids of your matching gender and avoid it entirely. Luckily kids outgrow the fear of opposite genders, but the fear of catching cooties lived on in high school, referring then to more serious afflictions with embarrassing to alarming consequences.
Things are still super busy around here, so I’m hoping they slow down tomorrow so I have a bit more time to doodlewash. That said, these fast and furious doodlewashes the last couple days have been really good practice! But I’m longing to get lost in the details again soon so here’s hoping for a calmer tomorrow with time to paint. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Azo Orange, Sap Green, Pyrrol Red, Dioxazine Purple and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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