Sunday, 29 January 2012

Postcard Challenge #4 - China

My Postcard this week is scraping in by the skin of it’s teeth ! Mr Mojo has been on a serious holiday. Depicting an old Chinese folk tale Twinkle is trying to give Ellie encouragement for her journey and courage to explore the world and look for the answers to her questions. She says -

Dear Ellie,
The Carnival looked brilliant, wish I had been there. While travelling the world you will ask many questions and hopefully find some answers. I will help when I can and have sent you a story to inspire and encourage you, be brave, explore and have fun ! Love Twinkle xx

Here is her Postcard, I sketched the well and then coloured with inktense pencils, I really haven't done much drawing/freehand stuff since school so I bought a book and am really enjoying learning again -
And here on it’s page in the book with the characters from the tale.
And the tale - 
Once upon a time, there lived a frog in a shallow well. One day, a turtle who used to live in the East Sea travelled there and happened to see him.
The frog proudly said to his unexpected visitor, "I am so happy!  I jump about beside the mouth of the well, I rest in the holes on the broken wall of the well.  I walk in the mud, it covers up my feet. I look around at the wriggly worms, crabs and tadpoles, and none of them can compare with me. My happiness is full. My dear sir, why don't you come down and look around my wonderful home?"
So the turtle tried to force himself into the well. But before he could get its left foot in, its right knee got stuck.  Realising how small the well is, the turtle began to describe the East Sea to the frog .
"The size of the East Sea is beyond your wildest imagination. Even a distance of a thousand miles cannot give you an idea of the sea's width; even a height of a thousand feet cannot give you an idea of its depth. In the time of King Da Yu, there were floods nine years out of ten, but the waters in the sea did not increase. ln the time of King Tang there were droughts seven years out of eight, but the waters in the sea did not decrease. Living in the East Sea is the greatest happiness."
Hearing the turtle's words, the frog was shocked into realisation of his own insignificance and realised that he ought to have a broad and far-reaching vision of life, rather than seeing only his little heaven on earth.

Wise words – now I’m off to travel and broaden my  blog land vision  - to join in the journey use the link on my sidebar to hop over to Darcy's blog where it all began ! Thanks for stopping by…Esther xx


  1. really super card Hun and just love the story hugs Cherylxxx

  2. fab how you incorporated both worlds. fabulous tale and so is your book page. worrying about the turtles stuck right knee...hehe and so sweet how Twinkle is so encouraging.

  3. Smashing story and love the characters, x

  4. Brilliant card and a brilliant story.
    xxx Hazel.

  5. a brilliant story...a great postcard as well..very interesting.will be back next week...

  6. love your story and postcard

  7. Wow, when you're drawing this while just learning I can't wait to see what you come up with once you've finished this book! ♥
    Looking forward to see your effort next week! :)

  8. Love your wishing well postcard! Great story too!

  9. Gorgeous painting Essie :D and thanks for the inspiring story :D XXX

  10. wow your sketching is gorgeous, looks so wonderful in the book, tucked into the pocket. Fabulous story, love that you added the images to go with it.

  11. Very pretty drawing. This is what I love about this challenge. Trying out new techniques and revisiting old ones.

  12. Love the story telling and good drawing.
    Jen x

  13. Hi Esther, whichever book you bought, I'd like one! This is fabulous, and I'm quite enjoying following your journey. Maria x

  14. Super cards and the stories are wonderful. Thank you!

    Janet xx


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