I read a quote by a man I hadn’t heard of before, Wayne Dyer. I made such a connection with the quote, that ‘Magical Binoculars’ became the inking you see in the photograph.
If you could have magical binoculars that you could focus and look at the field of intention, you would see what the source of all things looks like. It’s a source of love and kindness and beauty and creativity, and it’s a source that excludes nothing and it’s a source of unlimited abundance.
Isn’t that lovely? If you don’t get the ‘lovely’ first time, read it again. Read it as many times as you need to in order to use your own internal Magical Binoculars, and not only see what that quote is saying, but to feel it too.
If you look at the InkTober picture for today you’ll see a pretty standard view of a scene, looking out from a beach, as night is falling. It’s not dark, but it’s not light. You can still see the land and the edge of the sea in the distance, but you can’t really see anything other than that.
But … what do you suppose would happen if you looked through the Magical Binoculars? What might you see then? What wonders would open up for you, I wonder?
Would you see the birds, flying in the sky, having one last stretch of their wings before going home to bed?
Could you see the man, stood on the end of that land in the distance, with his fishing rod in his hand?
Would you perhaps see the Mermaid, playing in the moonlight?
Who knows … for your sight may be different from mine. Perhaps you will focus your eyes in a different direction. Perhaps you will lift your eyes to the sky above and see the Gates of Heaven. Would you maybe, see the Angel? Or perhaps you will look to the Edge of the Sea, in the distance, and see what is there and has been there all the time, but we miss it because we don’t use our Magical Binoculars.
The inks I used for this drawing were:
Teal Drawing Ink
Metallic Drawing Ink in Rose Gold and Silver (see pic. below)
Yellow Drawing Ink
… in addition, I used a white Jelly Roll Pen for the highlights on the Magical Binoculars, and a tiny amount of Acrylic white paint in order to help the moon and clouds to be what I wanted them to be. But apart from that, everything else you see is ink.
Use your Magical Binoculars today. See if you can find the things you might normally miss because you’re too busy, or not see at all, even though they’re right there, under your nose!
Hullo thar me hearties … It’s Pirate Cobs sailing the ocean waves!
Ok .. well no, not quite. It’s just me … showing you the card I made for my Grandson, on his birthday recently. I’m totally besotted with this little chap. He’s the complete apple of my eye and he has me wrapped around his little finger. He gives out his orders: “Grammy, … come to ma rooom. C’mon Grammy. Come to ma rooom!” and up I get and toddle after him. Actually no, I don’t toddle after him. He waits at the start of the hallway and then holds my hand so that I don’t get lost on the way there. (Not joking. He actually does.).
This blog post about the pirate card is rather picture heavy, so I’ll try not to be too wordy and just post photographs with a bit of description to support each photo. But if there’s anything specific you want to ask, or you want to know either how I did something or what brand something is, or even where I bought something, then just give me a shout in a comment and I’ll answer any questions you might have.
(To make a comment: scroll up to the top of this post, to the heading: “Aarrr! Avast, me hearties; Swashbuckling Pirates Ahoy!” – and look to the right of that title where you’ll see a pale grey speech bubble. If you hover your mouse over that speech bubble it will turn deep red. Click on that, and it will open up a comment box for you – and also show you any comments which might have already been made).
It was his 4th Birthday, so he’s still a little chap, and I kind of introduced him to Pirates about two years or so ago, when we were out shopping together – he was sat in my shopping trolley (‘cart’ for US folks) in Toys-R-Us when we came across a huge section of dress up clothes, and like the Magpie that I am, I went straight for the hats. I tried several hats on the young man (and took hilarious photos on my phone camera of him in them) and couldn’t resist trying on the fabulous three-cornered pirate hat myself. I told him what I was, and then did the ‘Aarrr me hearties’ pirate greeting, accompanied by the arm gesture, which he instantly caught onto and did back to me. Awww reader, I so wish you could have been there. I was hysterical with laughter, loving him and covering him in kisses, tears streaming down my face and all the time trying to get him to say it again, and again, and …. well, you get the idea. He was such a tiny tot, and this made it all the funnier.
Oh well anyway … let’s get on with this card, shall we?
I tend to double-sided tape and use glue to fix both of the cards together. It just makes the whole thing more sturdy.
You can click on any of these photographs here to make them bigger. (But don’t forget to click ‘back’, to come back to reading!)
I had a devil of a job finding some of this sand coloured sand paper! Everywhere had either black sandpaper or deep red coloured. I very nearly kissed the shop owner when I finally found some!
Although I used the same papers throughout the card, I wanted the paper on the ‘inside back’ to look more bright blue, like the sort of pirate seas you’d see in a children’s book, so I rubbed in some bright blue inks, carefully, to kind of brighten the sea to something more magical looking. (If you do this, make sure you leave time for the paper to dry out).
This front flap is left ‘swinging’ free. You don’t fix this flap into place. However … you can fix this into place if you’re making a card and want to have the card stand up by the use of either a stand specially made for the back – or by leaning the card on a wall or such. You can then put tags inside the card for the recipient.
And that, as they say in TV land, is all there is to it! Phew! I swear it took longer to take the photo’s, load them onto the computer and re-size them, than it did to make the card! (But then I’m useless with a camera so that’s no surprise! lol). As promised, here is the very short pirate song which is my grandsons favourite song with regards to pirates:
Thank you so much for coming and sharing this fun card with me. I hope you have a truly fabulous rest of your day!