Stories in 3D

View-Master Doodlewash

One of my favorite little things when I was a kid was a View-Master. That little red wonder that allowed you to view miniature worlds and your favorite Disney characters like they were actually living inside the viewer. You could go on amazing adventures or see places that you never hoped to see in person. Not that you could spend a ton of time there, as the journey only lasted for 14 images, but that was a perfect complement to my short attention span.

I would have never imagined at the time that entire movies could be viewed in 3D. Last week, on New Year’s Eve, Philippe and I finally went to see the new Star Wars movie (in 3D, of course!) and my inner child almost passed out. This was the franchise of my youth, barring the three super boring and weird movies that came out after the originals. It was amazing to see the characters I had every action figure of on screen again. Granted they had gotten a lot older, which also made me feel older. Though I still have slightly less gray hair than Chewbacca and no where near the level of Han Solo yet.

I’m still fascinated by the original View-Masters to this day though. With all the technological advancements, being able to view 3D stories on something that doesn’t even require electricity is just super cool. And pausing to explore a single frame of three-dimensional goodness is an amazing form of storytelling. Rather than rush through and wait for the next big explosion, you get to explore every nook and cranny that exists. I never needed 3D for this actually, as I was always equally enamored with picture books. Still am, come to think of it.

Today was my first day back at work, so this doodlewash was fast and furious and I’m a bit late posting because I realized I hadn’t written anything yet. I hope everyone who went back to work today had a rather peaceful day and it wasn’t too stressful. Re-entry is tough! But if you need a way to unwind, then grab a glass of your favorite beverage and a View-Master. There’s usually never images of an office, so you’ll be astounded and suitably transported to somewhere far more magical. Particularly if your favorite beverage is wine.


About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Sap Green, Dioxazine Purple, and Neutral Tint for the viewer. Nearly every color in my palette for the little cells in the View-Master, but many bits of Cobalt Teal to evoke scenes with a sky. 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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55 Comments
  1. Wonderful, Charlie!!! Oh my gosh, I’d forgot all about these things. hehe! Love how you used so many colors for the little images. Yeah, hardly ever an office in those view things. I wonder why?! Why wouldn’t people wanna gaze in there and see chairs and desks and cubicles??? What is wrong with them?? LOL This is so cool, like a time machine to the past. Thanks, Charlie! <3

    • Author

      Hehe…yeah I’m not cubicles would be a big seller! Lol Thanks so much, Laura! I was such a fan of these as a kid! Glad you liked the doodlewash version!! ❤️😃😃

  2. Kari 2 years ago

    What a wonderful memory, Charlie! I never did have one of these but remember looking at a friend’s. Amazing how you can get lost in them creating stories.

    I loved the Force Awakens! And you are right, brought back so many fond memories of all the old characters. Even at 72, I thought Han looked pretty good.. 😊

    My kids were a bit slow getting ready this morning.. Re-entry into the everyday world is hard.. 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃Oh my gosh! You never had one? It’s not to late!! Hehe You should definitely get one to play with! And I liked Force Awakens as well….aptly named, it’s like they woke up and decided to finally make a real Star Wars movie again! Lol Han looked darn good for 72…wait…I couldn’t believe it so I looked it up…he actually turned 73 this summer! And re-entry just be outlawed…it’s horrible! Hehe😊

  3. That Aussie Geek 2 years ago

    Our childhood certainly was a lot simpler, wasn’t it! I actually feel a little bit sorry for kids nowadays, technology does so much of the work for them, I wonder how much room is left for imagination.

    • Author

      I agree! I always wonder about that…there’s lots of problem solving with tech, but it doesn’t seem to leave enough room for the imagination to take the lead. I think less is definitely more when it comes to that! 😉

  4. Teri C 2 years ago

    Wow,great sketch right down to the little film pictures. Wow

    • Author

      Thanks Teri!! 💕😃Glad you liked it…the little film pictures were my favorite part. I envisioned 101 Dalmatians because I liked that movie. Love dogs. 😊Hehe

  5. Nancy 2 years ago

    Super cool! I spent many an hour laying in the sunbeams coming in through the living room window with my View Master! My favorite reel was one with Disneys’s Cinderella, especially the part where the mice helped sew her dress! Thanks for digging up such great memories!

    • Author

      Thanks Nancy!! 💕😃Awww that would be a cool set to see! I don’t think I had that one, but I had lots of Disney sets and they were always my favorite.

  6. izabolinha 2 years ago

    Amazing how you reproduced it so well ! And I remember my View-Master very fondly 🙂
    Thanks for the memories and Turtle Hugs

    • Author

      Awww thanks!! I’m so happy you liked it! 😃💕It was tough to reproduce quickly but I liked the effect. I still love these things! Hehe

  7. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Lol, I loved the View Master, too. My older brother and I would fight over it. Cool doodlewash. I also saw StarWars in 3D, it was so amazing. I was exhausted when the movie was over.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃Oh wow…you only had one?! That’s rough…I bet there was a fight. These things are cool! And I agree…the new Star Wars movie is great. And definitely eye candy overload! Hehe

  8. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    I love my ViewMaster, too! Mine was secondhand and not a spiffy red though. 😆 Hope to be back to regular blogging and blog-reading. Thank goodness we meet over at Instagram! Hah! 💕

    • Author

      Teresa!!! You’re back! Yay!! Hehe💕😃 Yeah…it was like you were supposed to be on a break, but we were sneaking around and still managing to meet up occasionally. Lol Glad you liked View-Masters as well! That means we can continue to play together. 😉Hehe

  9. Jacob 2 years ago

    How wonderful! I had to zoom in to try and see if any details could be made out on the little pictures. I never had one of these dealies, which upsets me hugely as I’m positive after this that the experience is superior to any 3D film. It also says a lot about your art and commentary that I’m getting excited and weirdly nostalgic for something with which I have no connection. Delightful stuff!!

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob!! And yay! It worked then! Though I imagine you were disappointed to find a bunch of impossible to decipher blobs of paint. 😊 And I love taunting you with toys. But I also got weirdly nostalgic for Citrus Polos that I’ve never tried so you’ve managed a similar effect on me as well. But unlike Citrus Polos, you could still buy one of these!! 😉

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        I admit I am now left wanting a View-Master, quite badly. It’s the sort of thing mini me would have loved. And yes, they better get their skates on and revive those darn Polos, or I’m going to feel bad for life for mentioning them!

      • Author

        Okay…in that case you can buy me the one I saw on eBay since you have no interest in it! Perfect!! 😃😃

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Haha, charming! (sighs, opens wallet)

      • Author

        Yes!!!!!!!!!!! 😃👍🏻

  10. Jodi 2 years ago

    Oh Charlie O! Back to work for me too! But this view master does not look hurried! Wowsies! another amazing doodlewash! I used to love the magic of the view master too!!

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi!! 💕😃Glad you liked this!! View-Masters rock!! And I hope that your return to work went well. It’s always so weird for me the first day back and a sad reminder that my favorite season has officially ended. 😊Ugh! Hehe

  11. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Wow! Another AMAZING Charlie doodlewash! I would never imagine you were short on time on this painting! It looks really fantastic to me. And I love the colors in the little pictures. You are brilliant! 😃🌟👍😍 I loved the viewfinder as a kid too. I bought one for the “toy box” for little kiddos who come with their parents who are getting a mortgage with my hubby. I always enjoy hearing the parent’s explain to their children how the viewfinder works. 😄 Makes me smile like your painting, my friend! 😊💜

    • Author

      Awww you’re too sweet Jill!! 💕😃 Glad you liked this! And that’s awesome!! A definite must-have for any respectable toy box I say!! And I bet the parents are thrilled to have something they can actually explain to kids how to use instead of the other way around! 😉lol

  12. ArtsyDot 2 years ago

    That’s very nice! It’s just got that perfect vintage feel. Discovering your choice of subject today brought a smile to my face, a smile that sort of meant “indeed”….ah ah ah…good choice!

  13. Tread Tyred 2 years ago

    Tom and Jerry “All for one and one for all”, Sang the two mouseketeers. Such vivid colours!
    Fond memories that has called up thank you.
    That very one is for sale on eBay too. But I think it’s better as a memory so I won’t buy it.

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! And actually…I went in search of a cooler vintage one on eBay anoth drawing this. Found it…but the price stopped me from going any further!! 😳lol

  14. waynejacques 2 years ago

    Great memory Charlie. As children is was much simpler and life challenged us to use or imagination and creativity more than todays kids; Great drawing and love the detail and color in the little film screens.

  15. Cathe 2 years ago

    What a happy memory, view-master! I was a big fan! I loved Star Wars and seeing the original crew too. Lots of happy nostalgic moments in this post. It was all good up to re-enrty and the Sunday blues. I saved Star Wars for Sunday just to soften the push back into reality.

  16. 2l2phant 2 years ago

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  17. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    Thanks for bringing back memories of my old View Master! Hoping to see the new Star Wars movie this weekend. 3D of course

  18. itsmyhusbandandme 2 years ago

    I still have mine – the slides were of NY.
    JP

    • Author

      So cool!! I don’t have the one I want as I never owned it. It’s one from the 40’s I saw on eBay. Hehe…kind of pricey though. 😊

  19. memadtwo 2 years ago

    I bet you could get a lot on eBay for one of these. They were fun! Thanks for the memories! (and don’t work too hard…ease back in). (K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe! Work has been so busy!! 😳Actually these aren’t worth much…the one I really want is much older and on eBay. It’s worth a little too much for me to afford though! Lol

  20. Tori 2 years ago

    A happy belated new year Charlie! Just catching up with your brilliant blog after a short break. I also had a View-Master as a child, I’d completely forgotten about it until I saw this 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Tori!! Same to you!! Hope your Nee Year is going great!! So happy you’re back! ❤️😃 And yay that you also had one of these. They’re so cool!

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  22. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    Oh i had forgotten all about these! Great drawing and thanks for the memory!

    • Author

      Thanks Rachel!! I still love these…I wanted an even older one I found and to start collecting the reels. But I’m a bit obsessive so I’ve refrained. I’ll save my money for art supplies. 😊hehe

  23. Rebecca 2 years ago

    Me too! I had the Seven Wonders of the World, and looked at it so many times – thanks for bringing it all back so vividly. 🙂

    • Author

      Yay! So glad you liked these things as well, Rebecca! I really want to get some vintage ones, but I should stick to art supplies I guess. 😊hehe

      • Rebecca 2 years ago

        How many art supplies does one man need (don’t answer that, I know already!)? I think you should go for viewer collecting too… 😉

      • Author

        Thanks! Hehe!! I’m glad you agree!!

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