The Emerald Casket

Small Canvases: Dominoes are a Gateway Art

Some folks might think my love of domino pendants is kind of strange. They’re dominoes. Game pieces. But I like to think of them as very small canvases.

I began making decoupage pieces–before I gained confidence to work with ink and paint. My practice with dominoes led me to try painting on canvas and paper. Dominoes were my “gateway” art.

To prove my point, here are two recent examples of my tiny canvases.

“Autumn Dryad”


Tropical Girl


Both began as ordinary, cream-colored acrylic game pieces. I used alcohol ink, a stamp, and a dimensional glaze—and my developing “artist’s” eye for composition. I can say that proudly, because hey, they do look good! 🙂

2 comments to “Small Canvases: Dominoes are a Gateway Art”

  1. ButtonsMom2003
    April 19th, 2016 at 9:44 pm · Link

    They are beautiful. I love the bright colors.