Thursday, September 29, 2011

Games People Play

One of the gems in my collection - this
one ain't gettin' cut up!  :D
Who among you likes board games?  Anyone?  Or are you one of the folks that calls them "bored games"?  :D

I am in the former camp.  I LOVE game nights!  I have spent many an hilarious evening with friends over these games.  Brian and I own a ton (or for my British and Canadian friends, tonne) of them ourselves but haven't played any in ages.  Some are still in their shrink wrap!  Maybe this is a sign that we need to entertain more - we always enjoy it when we do!

Growing up we'd play all kinds of games as a family - Life, Monopoly, Yahtzee, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Uncle Wiggily - and it almost always devolved into someone (usually my dad) telling me that it was my turn, or to "Pay attention!" - the rallying cry of my childhood.  :D

I had quite an issue with daydreaming as a kid.  What I was probably thinking about during our game sessions was how totally cool the game accouterments were!  I remember wanting to save the little pads of paper that came with the games - I'd worry that we'd run out.  I also loved those tiny pencils (sans eraser) that almost always accompanied the paper  that, without fail, would get lost on the first or second round of play.

Somehow, these pads of paper survive today.  You can find them most anywhere - rummage sales, estate sales, "junque" shops.  And oh, how I love collecting them.

My assortment comes from all over.  Many times I'll get a huge stack of papers, like the ones I order from Manto Fev, and one or two will be stuck in there.  See all those Yahtzee pads?  My generous friend Mindy gave them to me. She found them at a rummage sale and thought I would like them (YES PLEASE!).  :D

I'm sure Freud would have a field day with this, but I tend to like pieces of paper with some order to them.  Ledgers, grid paper, lined grade-school paper - and board game pads.  There are almost always columns or little boxes on them and since I can remember this has been comforting to me (Egads, I need to stop telling you guys this kind of stuff or you're going to think, "How can an artist be so uptight?!?").

Oh - and I LOVE making art with them!  I have used these little sheets many, many times in my work and I know I'm not done.  Here is just a sampling of the collages I've made with game stuff (cards included):

I call this one "Bridge of Sighs".  Get it?  :D

This card's made with a Mille Bornes
card as the substrate. I LOVE those cards! :D
I don't quite know what game the French piece
is from, but it's a Quebecois verson of a game


  1. Ahh, yes. The ephemera of old games. I blogged about the artwork on a couple things in my collection. But this terrific post inspires me to go dig out some more, scan away, and start blogging. Vintage games rock.

  2. Thanks Chris! I'm going to check your blog for that post - vintage games DO rock and I think our generation more than any other will always love them the most. :D