Saturday, January 14, 2012

Domino Delight

Since the first week of January I have been enjoying a different surface on which I tangle...dominoes!

This is not a new surface for me to work on...I used to embellish dominoes with PST (Polished Stone Technique), rubber stamps, decoupage, and other paper-arts techniques. But I didn't actually draw on the dominos. Having seen the beautiful tangled domino pendants of Paula Dickerhoff, a CZT in Alabama (visit her at dominoes can be seen under the "Products" tab), I decided I wanted to try it, too. I first tangled with Microns, but I was too impatient to wait for the ink to dry. I smeared my first attempt, so I wiped it clean with rubbing alcohol and searched for a few Sakura pens that I had bought a while ago that feature permanent ink: MicroPerm and IDentiPen.

Both pens work great and dried quickly on the dominos; the IDentiPen offers thicker tips (it is dual ended) while the MicroPerms offer thin-line precision comparable to the Micron.

I enjoy how the pen glides across the smooth surface. I am not sure if I will be able to find a way to add shading to my tangled dominoes, but I'm okay with that. 

Here's a peek at the fun I've had: 

And below are some dominoes that I tangled with Undine. One features constantly changing embellishment, while the other is an all-over version of Undine.
Dominoes are a quick way to sneak some tangling in first thing in the morning or just before going to sleep at night. There several things I could do with these, like turning them into pendants or magnets or tiling a surface like a picture frame or a box.

I have not yet sprayed any sealer on these. I have some Krylon spray acrylic that I am going to try when I get a chance; I'll have to provide an update with the results once I've tried it.

I'd love know if you've tangled dominoes before, or if you are now eager to try. My daughter tangled her first domino today.

Happy Tangling!


  1. I saw this in one of the Zentangle books. You work on the Domino's is beautiful. I'd love to see what you eventually do with them.

    1. Thanks, Julie!
      I'm curious to know what I'll end up doing with them, too. I'm thinking that the arrangement of 4 is screaming for a Scrabble tile in the center! I haven't tangled on of those yet.

  2. Very cool. I love the grouping of 4 tiles especially!

  3. Beautiful work, Amy! I have thought about trying this too (one of the many things on my list). I love the IDentiPen and didn't know about the MicroPerm, so I'll have to check it out. Let us know what you end up doing with them. Sue

  4. These are beautiful and such a clever idea!

  5. I came across this today while looking for the color groupings in dominoes. Very cool idea for mini projects.