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91 Dominoes Doodle Challenge
One Domino at a Time
A few years ago I worked through a 30 day Zendalas challenge and it was one of the most fun activities that I look upon fondly. I have been wanting to do a similar challenge for some time albeit a little different.
I recently bought a tin of 91 one dominoes and for the life of me, while laying out the color families, I could not get the colors to line up accordingly. I went online looking for a image by someone who laid them out and came across a blog called Tanglefish. In her Domino Delight posting she talked about embellishing dominoes with ink and I immediately knew my next challenge was born.
What follows is my ongoing challenge to zen doodle the backsides of my 91 dominoes. And of course, I invite you to take the challenge with me.
The First Domino
I have to admit that for the first ten dominoes I was quite nervous. It is not like paper where if I do not like what I am doing I can rip it up, recycle it and start fresh. I do not plan the pattern out ahead of time though, what kind of challenge would that be.
Some of the designs come out naturally while others I start with a base outline then check my handy resource of patterns (all the zentangles I have done and the pattern link further down the lens).
I am having fun with this challenge and have been doing anywhere from one to two dominoes a day. I may go back and add to a few markings later on but most of these once photographed are done.
Domino Doodles Poll
Dominoes 2 to 11Click thumbnail to view full-size
Dominoes 12 to 21Click thumbnail to view full-size
Because dominoes are a new medium for me I am still experimenting with my tools. My main concern was smudging.
Currently I am using a black Sakura IDenti Pen suggested by Tanglefish as well as a red pigmented Le Plume marker. Both have points on each end, one thick and one fine. My main color will be black but I wanted to include at least one red detail on each domino.
I have a can of Krylon Matte Finish spray to seal the ink when I am done. I have not used this before but bought it to seal some water colors paintings and thought it would be good for this project as well.
The domino set came with a plastic train starter / holder which holds the first domino placed when playing the game. I am using this to hold each domino while I am doodling. This helps me keep my paranoid smudging fingers away from the marker tips while I am working.
Dominoes 22 to 31Click thumbnail to view full-size
Dominoes 32 to 41Click thumbnail to view full-size
Dominoes are Pretty Inexpensive
I bought my dominoes from the local department store for $12.99 but you can find them online at game shops or places like Amazon.
Dominoes 42 to 51Click thumbnail to view full-size
Dominoes 52 to 61Click thumbnail to view full-size
People Decorating Dominoes
- Dominoe Delight
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- Doodles and Such by Dot: Domino Ornaments
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- Altered Domino Pendant "Doodle Doodle Do" by inmyheadstudios | Craft Juice
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- When You Get Tired Of Scrabble, Take Up Dominoes
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- Scrap-a-Doodle Stamping: Domino Coasters
I think I'm actually feeling better now. It just takes time sometimes. This basic idea came from Vickie, who is another of Dawn's Stampin' Up! Glitter Queens. Her blog is at twochicksonalimb.blogspot.com. If you take a look at hers, you'll...
- Melamine Domino Jewelry | Red Peacock Designs
These upcycled pieces take 2 x 1 inch melamine dominoes and create fun but meaningful pendants. Each one is hand inked then hand drawn, painted or embellished as well. All are coated with a glaze to protect the artwork and give it a beautiful sheen.
Dominoes 62 to 71Click thumbnail to view full-size
Dominoes 72 to 81Click thumbnail to view full-size
Looking for Pattern Ideas
If after a few dominoes you feel your patterns are getting stale then you must stop by Tangle Patterns which is the absolute best resource for doodling patterns.
Dominoes 72 to 91Click thumbnail to view full-size
Mini Domino Challenge
I was at the dollar store and happened to see the last pack of mini dominoes. I of course could not resist and at $1 for 28 dominoes -- what a bargain. It was definitely more challenging to hold and doodle these little guys. I left a true size domino in the picture so you could see how small they are in comparison.
Thank you for viewing my dominoes. Please leave a warm fuzzy before you go. Other suggestions for comments:
* Do you doodle, tangle, or otherwise play with ink?
* Are you up for the domino challenge?
* Do you remember the first time you played dominoes?
If you take on the domino challenge leave a link to your lens or blog post and I'll add it to the cue.