It’s a huge understatement to say that our entire family is proud of how well our board game, Hues and Cues, is being accepted. We constantly see people sharing photographs on social media and have watched countless live streams. Many of the celebrities in the board game industry have posted glowing videos about their experiences playing. The game has even begun to win awards! It was recently awarded the Dice Tower Seal of Approval and this month was selected by PlayOnWords.com as a 2020 winner in their “LANGUAGE STRUCTURE, CRITICAL THINKING AND REASONING” category!
Both of my daughters are extremely proud and constantly find excuses to pay tribute to Hues and Cues through various means. Madison recreated the entire board in digital format for Animal Crossing a month or so ago. This week Kennedy decided it was her turn to apply her skills by painting an abstract of the board on canvas! She even let us document the process.
The first thing we did is hunt for paint. Because of how many colors are represented on the game’s board, we would need quite a few hues to make it look authentic. Sadly, because of the pandemic and the fact that everyone is getting “crafty” during their inside time, the shelves at our local Walmart were nearly bare.
After returning home empty-handed, we searched through bins from other craft projects for leftover paints. We found that we had quite a bit remaining from last year’s acrylic pour projects and April’s foray into the world of painting miniatures. We also had an extra canvas from the same pour project, which turned out to be an ideal size.
The first step was to use all of the paints to create a rotating gradation of colors following the ROYGBIV spectrum. Watered-down paint brushes helped with blending and she tried to control the coverage, making it thicker on the edges and thinner towards the center.
After drying, the next task was to mask off the individual squares using traditional painter’s tape. This would be a scaled-down version of the real board, which boasts 480 different hues. We weren’t concerned with making them perfectly square or in perfect alignment. An unbalanced, abstract look was what we were after.
Off to the garage where I happened to have a can of gloss black paint for another project I never got around to. Kennedy ended up applying three light coats, allowing for 30 minutes of drying between each.
Once the black paint had set, the real fun began. We began to peel off the individual squares, revealing the colors underneath!
Although she started by peeling them off in order, it was more fun to randomly pick one and watch the puzzle fill in.
130 squares later, it was finished! We’ll be looking for an appropriate frame and hanging it prominently where any visitor to the house can see it!
If you haven’t had the chance, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Hues and Cues from your favorite local game store, direct from TheOP on their website or shortly on Amazon or any Target in the U.S.!
Have you ever created any board game related artwork?