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91 Dominoes Doodle Challenge

Updated on September 24, 2014

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

Moe's Domino Doodles
Moe's Domino Doodles

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.

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Dominoes 2 to 11

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With my first 11 dominoes done I still feel like I am trying to find my doodle comfort zone. They are not impossible to work with, just awkward.This is not one of my favorites. If I could throw one out this would be it. I tried to write a word, didn't like how it looked then tried to layer over it with the black. Not one of my finer moments but I definitely learned something.
With my first 11 dominoes done I still feel like I am trying to find my doodle comfort zone. They are not impossible to work with, just awkward.
With my first 11 dominoes done I still feel like I am trying to find my doodle comfort zone. They are not impossible to work with, just awkward.
This is not one of my favorites. If I could throw one out this would be it. I tried to write a word, didn't like how it looked then tried to layer over it with the black. Not one of my finer moments but I definitely learned something.
This is not one of my favorites. If I could throw one out this would be it. I tried to write a word, didn't like how it looked then tried to layer over it with the black. Not one of my finer moments but I definitely learned something.

Dominoes 12 to 21

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This is one of my favorite patterns to work with.I am finding on such a small space, less is more and more is just too crowded to be visually appealing.I need to learn when to stop.I was blowing the red pen dry when I realized the link was moving around from the heat of my breath. I kind of like the effect though.This is one of my most common patterns on paper.
This is one of my favorite patterns to work with.
This is one of my favorite patterns to work with.
I am finding on such a small space, less is more and more is just too crowded to be visually appealing.
I am finding on such a small space, less is more and more is just too crowded to be visually appealing.
I need to learn when to stop.
I need to learn when to stop.
I was blowing the red pen dry when I realized the link was moving around from the heat of my breath. I kind of like the effect though.
I was blowing the red pen dry when I realized the link was moving around from the heat of my breath. I kind of like the effect though.
This is one of my most common patterns on paper.
This is one of my most common patterns on paper.
Domino Train starter and Sakura Markers
Domino Train starter and Sakura Markers

My Equipment

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 31

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This one definitely falls into one of my least favorites. I even tried rubbing the marker off, no luck.I would like to try this one again but hopefully a little neater.
This one definitely falls into one of my least favorites. I even tried rubbing the marker off, no luck.
This one definitely falls into one of my least favorites. I even tried rubbing the marker off, no luck.
I would like to try this one again but hopefully a little neater.
I would like to try this one again but hopefully a little neater.

Dominoes 32 to 41

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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 51

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Dominoes 52 to 61

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Dominoes 62 to 71

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I worked on these two side by side.
I worked on these two side by side.
I worked on these two side by side.

Dominoes 72 to 81

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This is one of my favorites.
This is one of my favorites.
This is one of my favorites.

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 91

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This was a difficult tile. If you look closely you will see it is really rough and uneven. A malfunction in production I guess. My markers did not like it.
This was a difficult tile. If you look closely you will see it is really rough and uneven. A malfunction in production I guess. My markers did not like it.
This was a difficult tile. If you look closely you will see it is really rough and uneven. A malfunction in production I guess. My markers did not like it.

Mini Domino Challenge

mini domino doodles
mini domino doodles

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.

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