I thought it would be fun to alter a board game for my girls. My girls love all things pretty and you will have to agree that Dora CandyLand is just not that pretty:
So I used gesso, paint, stamps, pastels and pencil to make this more appealing to my girls (and to me).
I painted it with a light layer of gesso mixed with some red craft paint first. This gives the surface 'tooth' for the paint. I watered the gesso down so that I would still be able to see some of the printed game below the gesso, especially the path that I painted a lighter version than what was underneath and outlined in pencil:
I used sewing pattern arrows to show the direction of the shortcuts:
I used two directional arrows for some of the shortcuts for added excitement!
I decorated the edges of the board with decorative stamps and some blended pastels & lead pencil lines:
I added images by stamping directly on the surface. This is nerve wrecking to do as I am a sloppy stamper! Luckily I am usually going for the rustic, weathered look, so if I don't stamp perfectly it doesn't matter (and there is always gesso to cover mistakes up!) I then colored these images with pencil:
I also added an image by gluing on a piece of paper that had been stamped and painted:
I used stamped images that showed which direction to move in:
I added stamped words for interest:
I indicated where to begin and end the game with stamped words:
To make a pretty dice I stamped a butterfly in 6 different Staz On inks and glued them to a plain white cardboard block. I added pastels to the edges of the block:
I made game pieces by stamping on Shrinky Dink paper, trimming them to a kind of oval shape, adding some color with chalk pastels and then using a heat tool to shrink them:
So here is the BEFORE and AFTER:
My girls enjoyed playing their new game:
We are at giveaway # 6, there will be 8 more of these before my book comes out! I wish I could give everyone something. Instead I am using the random generator to choose who is the next to win.
And this week it is......
Ellyn of Ellyn's Place
Pick your prize from the choices below (click on image to see a larger image) and post it in the comments. I will contact you via email so you can send me, privately, your physical address.
Choice #1 - Printed fabric glasses case
Choice #2 - Size 12 month onsie for little girl with matching gift tag
Choice #3 - decorated pegs some of which appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Somerset Life
For everyone else - Please check back in next Saturday to see if you win something. I will offer a new set of prizes. I will try to offer a range of things in the hopes something will appeal to you when it's your turn! And thank you for being a part of 'An Artful Life'.
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