Material for making game boards out of?
August 7, 2013 8:27 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to hand-paint gameboards (five 21cm x 29cm boards, for a boardgame) for someone, except I can't figure out what material can hold up to the dual stresses of being painted/printed on (not by computer, but by the older methods of linocuts or woodblocks or etching) and the day-to-day wear and tear from being used as a gameboard, while still being reasonably priced. Can you help?
posted by flibbertigibbet to media & arts (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The options I've considered:
1. Glass or plexi: an absolute no, because even when primed it doesn't keep pigment well if constantly handled and scraped against (moving wooden game pieces), and is not very nice-feeling to touch.
2. Hardwood: if I can find some more cheap fruitwood from the local hardware shop and get them to rip it in relatively thin sheets, this is a possibility, but it's more of a wish than a plan at this point.
3. Watercolor stock: the stuff I have tends to curl if exposed to much more than, well, watercolor.
4. Fibreboards (various): unless they are far thicker than I'd like, years of experience (ex fine-arts student) have taught me that they curve when painted, if not already curved by storage upright instead of flat and weighted. I want the board to be flat.
5. Canvas (regular): Nope, either it'll be on a stretcher and can't but used for playing without carrying a huge box and being careful when playing not to puncture the surface, or not stretched and liable to warp.
6. Canvas board: an actual option, but I've never used it and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it? Would it be good for this job?
I will be sealing all of the boards, but even then, I want them to stand up well. I don't want to spend dozens of hours working only to have them look terrible in a year.