Making Hues and Cues Inspired Artwork

Making Hues and Cues Inspired Artwork

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!

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

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.

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

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.

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

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.

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

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.

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

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.

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

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.

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

Once the black paint had set, the real fun began. We began to peel off the individual squares, revealing the colors underneath!

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

Although she started by peeling them off in order, it was more fun to randomly pick one and watch the puzzle fill in.

How do my daughters show their love for their favorite board game? They make custom artwork that pays tribute to Hues and Cues! Find out how! - SahmReviews.com

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?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

46 comments on «Making Hues and Cues Inspired Artwork»

  1. Lauren B says:

    That fan art is so cute! I love it. I don’t know if this counts, but after playing PARKS I redecorated my living room with art and prints of the National Parks.

  2. Christina Gould says:

    Wow, that was really cool. I’ve never done any fan art, myself. I don’t have any talent. Thanks for posting!

  3. Mia E. says:

    I have never even considered doing anything like this but my granddaughter is very artistic so this would have great appeal to her.

  4. Jordan Binkerd says:

    I paint miniatures for my board games, but that’s as close as I come. Though my wife used a wood burner to etch the Zombicide logo into the top of the wooden box we made for that game…..

  5. Jeff Young says:

    Really pretty. My father in law would love this game as he is a painter by trade. Nice.

  6. Josh Christian says:

    That looks so simple! Added to my list of fun crafts to do with the kids!

  7. Debra Branigan says:

    Never thought about fan art. However, I am for anything that inspires creativity. Nice fan art represented here.

  8. Pete Donegan says:

    I love the Art. I wish I had the artistic skills to create something like that. The closest I’ve come is spray painting some of my unneeded game boxes in interesting ways so I can have something cool to store random game parts

  9. Kelly Freeman says:

    I would love to try making a sunset.

  10. Judy Rittenhouse says:

    I like to paint miniatures for game pieces. These are great examples of crafting and fun family projects to create our own board games.

  11. Bri says:

    Looks like fun

  12. Mia E. says:

    I have a poster board for photos and art work.

  13. Henry Lam says:

    Looks fun

  14. George Jaros says:

    Great job! That would look wonderful on a game room wall!

  15. brody says:

    great homeschool projects!

  16. GIggles Giggles says:

    I’m not that creative or artistic, but this is so inspirational!

  17. Lauren B says:

    What a great idea for an art project with my kids!

  18. Tony Platz says:

    Wow that is great never thought of fan art like this .

  19. Jordan Binkerd says:

    No fan art, but I paint the miniatures from my games…..

  20. Josh Christian says:

    Our family really likes pirates, we’ve got a sign outside the master bedroom that says ‘Captain’s Quarters’

  21. Thanay Binford says:

    That is awesome

  22. Dolores Miranda says:

    What a fun idea!! We always frame our daughters art, she is so creative, she makes art on Pokemon cards, old vinyl records, things she likes to collect!

  23. Ed says:

    I just started painting different pieces I have added to our mini Christmas village setup.

  24. Michael Shea says:

    Thanks!

  25. Pete Donegan says:

    Your contest for National Parks: Get Wild directed me here instead of toward a article about boarding pets. May want to change the hyerlink

  26. Clint Cabrera says:

    Perhaps an idea for my siblings and their kids!

  27. Molli Taylor says:

    this looks like a really cool present for my kids!

  28. Thanay Binford says:

    awesome

  29. Giggles Giggles says:

    Traveling with your pets can be tricky – may be helpful to bring a crate, especially if it’s their safe space – it can help make them feel okay in the chaos of traveling to the travel destination.

  30. Edward Reinholtz says:

    I loved art in school and especially the Pottery class in High School . We try to color coordinate a room with furniture and tables and lighting fixtures and work with the surroundings .

  31. Wendy Green says:

    The kids and I like to put together puzzles and then glue them and hang them up. It’s fun and helps decorate the house.

  32. Darla Kidder says:

    I would make a Star Wars puzzle out if it.

  33. Sue E says:

    You all did an awesome job on that board! You can tell a lot of love and effort went into it!
    This project looked like a fun one for the family.
    I know I don’t have any extra paint or art supplies laying around.

  34. Caroline Lennek says:

    So I really don’t paint very much, but I do crochet a lot and the color spectrum art on the Hues and Cues board would make up into a beautiful granny square afghan! Thanks for the idea!!

    1. Nicole says:

      I actually have a friend that crochets and I suggested this as a fun project! I hope she does it!

  35. Tim F says:

    Wow thats pretty neat, I never would have thought of that

  36. McKnight says:

    That came out pretty cool! I’m not really a crafty person. The closest thing I have to art made from my hobbies is that I have some Rolling Stone magazine covers (and a few comic books) hanging on my walls in my bedroom.

  37. James says:

    I don’t really incorporate it yet. Hopefully soon!

  38. Kelly VanAuken says:

    We pick lighting and surfaces in our house that lends to gaming setups. Tables that hold our gaming topper.

  39. Francine Anchondo says:

    I dont really incorporate it into my home

  40. Judy Rittenhouse says:

    I have several pieces of my artwork displayed in my home.

  41. Ed says:

    No I haven’t done anything like this before but it looks like a great idea.

  42. gala says:

    No, I have not

  43. Caroline Lennek says:

    When I travel with pets I make sure to make frequent stops to allow for potty breaks and exercise.

  44. Krista says:

    This doesn’t quite match the topic…but since you asked us to comment about traveling with pets: be sure you have a harness for cats to wear when walking with them through the x-ray scanners!

  45. Matthew says:

    Leave the pets at home.

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