It lay forlornly faced down, amid an assortment of drawing tools. I picked up my Etch-a-Sketch, devoid of life; staring blankly back at me.
“Hello old friend, it’s been a while.”
I remembered the good times we’d had; time I happily spent ‘in the zone’ whiling away the hours. Having neglected my Etch-a-Sketch for too long, I decided to take it on a date to the museum.
We rocked up at the Bristol museum, a little flustered from the rain. As I warmed myself with a cuppa at the cafe, I carefully pulled out ‘Etchy’. It’s grey face a blank canvas, white knobs glistening in the light – we were ready. The bottom of the grand staircases are decorated with (to my mind) slightly worried-looking lions. Sat in direct view of worried-lion, I began my continuous single line, weaving its way around the screen. My fingers attempted a careful co-ordination of ‘up’ and ‘across’ to get those elusive curves. Some attempts were less successful than others, granted… But at times slip ups were useful for creating impromptu ‘shading’. As my line completed its final stroke across Etchy’s screen, I couldn’t help but be pleased at my efforts after such a long separation.
I wandered upstairs to the taxidermy section where wild beasts of all kinds stood their morbid watch. I settled down for some Etch-a-sketch time with a pig but that didn’t end so well. Frustrated, I shook my wiggly pig picture and started afresh with the creature next to it – a Himalayan Tahr. I took my time, starting with the nose, working my way up and around its horns. My favourite bit was the shaggy fur, as its more difficult to screw it up when you’re trying to be messy.
Eventually my Himalayan Tahr materialised onto the screen. And just in case I forgot what it was, I wrote the name in the top right corner. Unfortunately, in order to connect the letters you have to use a cursive writing, despite plain ol’ capital letters being the easiest to create with the Etch-a-Sketch’s straight lines.
I was definitely getting in the swing of Etch-a-Sketching but sadly that was all I had time for. We make a good team, Etchy and I, so I think we’ll be having another date.