Welcome to the Insane Game!
With my niece and nephews in town for a visit we thought we'd make a new version of last summers The Impossible Game.
Using one sheet of Bristol Board we laid out a basic snakes and ladders style game board and added in all kind of traps and bonuses. We added in a special Wheel of Insanity (a circular track that you have to land on a specific square to get out of as you go round and round), some squares that require you to do things like an improvised rap or dance to move ahead, smell someone's shoe or sing the alphabet backwards. We also brought back the Vortex squares to jump ahead in the game and the Instant Death square. One new feature we added was a Complete Restart square that sends everyone back to the start.
There are a few squares that also allow a player to use more dice for the rest of the game upping their chances of winning by moving them more quickly.
Everyone helped with ideas, colouring, doodling and working out game play. It was a great group activity for the whole family and everyone was excited to play the game they had a part in making.
The best part of the game is the game token my niece designed in polymer clay. I told her they could be based on anything, the more random the better, She ended up making a rag doll, an orange slice, an eyeball, a chicken foot, a nose, a cactus and a toothbrush. So very random.
There is no strategy, no reasoning, no skill. It's all just insane luck. A no-brainer, semi-frustrating, 5 minute to five hours board game that may or may not drive you insane.
Blackout Poetry is one of my favorite things to do when I am stuck in a rut. It is the same thing I previously posted as Altered Pages as this style of art has many names. It is a fantastic way for anyone to find a different meaning within a given text.
You start with a page from a novel. Then you look for words inside the text that create a poem of sorts. You circle those words and the draw/paint artwork around it. You can use whatever art style you like and use the images you add to help illustrate the found poem.
I like to keep a few pages to work on here and there. Like a word search with no clues or correct answers, that you get to colour.
I love the challenge of drawing mixed up animals. I usually get the kids to give me to two animals and then I have to doodle up the mix. Then it's fun to write out as many name combinations as possible until I get one that I like. I have made pages and pages of doodles on this concept and often use it a a drawing challenge to help my class get creative.
Behold the mighty Boaconrooster, the King of Antarctica a.k.a. the Penglion, the desert Ostrurtle and the giant river Otterphant.
Minecraft. It seems to be the most popular game...ever. My children all love it. My students talk about it in a language non-Minecrafters can't even understand. I find it fascinating.
I got to thinking about how to make a board game version (to of course give us a Minecraft fix without having to be on a screen). With the kids expert help with the correct language and game play we cam up with BOARDCRAFT!
We designed the game board, the rules, the cards (both good and bad cards), the rewards (eyes of ender and armor), the chest, and the game play. It is a dice rolled game where you move about collecting the armor and eyes of ender while fighting Minecraft mobs along the way.
I painted a wood box to resembled a Minecraft chest and laminated all the game cards. I ended up making several sets to give as gifts to family and friends who like both board games and Minecraft.
I think it might be one of my favorite board games.
This years Hallowe'en challenge was to make a costume for a character from the game Undertale named Gaster.
My daughter loves this game and wanted to come up with a costume for this character. I am always up for a costume challenge.
The costume was pretty simple except for the face and hands. We needed to make a mask out of paper clay that would still allow her to see through.
I was pulled back into the world of Minecraft again when I saw the kids using an online skin editor to make their own unique Minecraft skin. I thought how could we make something like this in the real world.
Using my computer I designed a paper template in the correct proportions to a standard Minecraft character. From there I printed it out, folded and glued it to see if it would work. Once I had my template successfully built, I printed out several more and got the kids to use their personalized Minecraft characters and colour their paper characters out using markers or coloured pencils. We even used brads to make the arms movable.
The kids love having a real world paper model of their own Minecraft skin.
I have repaired and restored a few cat statues this past year.
One was a statue given to me by a friend years ago upon the death of one of our cats. It has been in our garden for 10 years slowly crumbling away. I finally decided to make some paper clay to rebuild the parts that had crumbled and then repainted it to resembled the cat that we had lost. I found a great water sealant to keep both the paint and paper clay sealed tight against the rain and snow. It looks great and our memorial statue of our cat "Pyro" is back in the garden again.
The second job was on an old stone cat from my grandfathers house that had long since worn away its paint. I didn't have to do any real repair so I just sanded it down, painted it and sealed it for use in the garden. It has been returned to my parents house where it sits leaning over their pond.
It's been a lot of ordering online these days. So much packing materials to recycle or throw out....or make art?
This foam insert was left over from something we had ordered and I just had to make it into something. With the addition of a juice can lid, some cereal cardboard, a bit of paint and some leftover yard and this guys was done.
I think of him as my studio mascot.
My mother gave me a totally amazing present for my birthday. A digital piano. I grew up playing piano and gave it up when I was a teenager. Recently with my own kids I have gotten back into music and taught myself ukulele and guitar. Now with this amazing new digital piano I can refresh my piano skills. I was so excited to start playing that it sat for 3 months on my long coffee table where I played it from sitting on the couch getting a sore backed from the awkward position.
It was time to get to work in the shop and build a piano bench for it. Here is my result. It is not the best built but it was made with what I had on hand and at the perfect size and height to fit the piano and myself.
I am so excited to start playing again!
There is a small problem I have. I've been doing a lot of painting. I don't have the wall space to frame and hang anymore but I still want to be able to display some of my new art pieces.
The old throw pillows on my couch were getting pretty ratty and I have repaired them several times so I thought it was time to get new ones. Why not get my art printed on pillows for my couch?
I found an online site that you can upload family photos and get them printed on canvas or on throw blankets or even pillows. I took a chance and uploaded some designs and waited for the pillows to arrive. I was quite happy with how they turned out and love how they look on my couch. I gave several as gifts to friends and family as well.
While I was ordering a second batch of pillows I added in some umbrellas which were surprisingly cheap. Each panel had a different piece of my art on it. The contrast wasn't great but I was still pretty happy with the outcomes and now have a functional piece of art I can use on a dark gloomy rainy day.
Here is a catalog of my creative adventures and experiments