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.
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.
One of my favourite things to make as gifts for people in my family are t-shirts. I have been making t-shirts for fun for 20 years. originally I hand painted them with fabric paints. I made a bunch of t-shirts for myself in high school and often made ones for family members to mark a special occasion. With the acquisition of my graphic design skill set I started using photoshop or illustrator to make my designs and then print them out on transfer paper.
I have been ironing on my hand made character alphabet for years but more recently have been intrigued with making t-shirts that play on pop culture or ones that use altered logos in their design. My son's name is Torren (a seldom seen name anywhere let alone on a personalized item) so I have made several t-shirts for him replacing his name in the logo.
Here is a catalog of my creative adventures and experiments