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Tipsy Scribbles: Painting a DM Screen

Painting a DM Screen

 

Justin and I are fans of our imagination, that is pretty obvious. We also like pushing it to the limit with Dungeons & Dragons and other role playing table top games. So far, all of our campaigns have only included ourselves. Yes, Justin would try to be the Dungeon – or game – master AND play a character at the same time. He hated it.

Now he has decided to trade in his player character to become multiple non-player characters, monsters, a world builder, and a chaos-causing puppet master. He will be a full on Dungeon Master (Game Master) and every DM needs a screen to hide their devious plans from his unsuspecting players. While he’s checking stats and creating monsters, I thought I would add something a little more pleasant to the side of the screen we get to see. A backdrop to set the stage for our adventurous band of misfits.

Now, this is nothing fancy. It is a sheet of scrap blue corrugated plastic that measures about one foot by four feet. Cardboard corrugated could be used but this is more sturdy. I would love to make a version with light wood sheets, but for now this will serve its purpose.

I used serval thin layers of white gesso to cover the glossy plastic and to hide some of the blue. My acrylic paint is on the cheap end since I don’t paint often, so acrylic craft paint would work with this.  I then looked up some inspiration photos to help with choosing a color scheme. After the paint dried, I applied a  thin coat of acrylic sealer to protect from wear and tear. *Artist Tip* Styrofoam egg cartons make great paint pallets as well as empty – and washed – prepackaged lunches, or other disposable divided trays. Then, place plastic wrap over the top and place in the refrigerator to keep the paint from drying out.

Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
DM Screen
Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
DM Screen Castle Silhouette

 

Here are some links to more artist tips for painting with acrylics:

 

 

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” — George Bernard Shaw

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Home Improvement Part 1 Comic

Home Improvement Part 1

New home owners know that home improvement is nothing like the television shows. There is no educated crew, there is no truck full of every tool you could possibly need, there sure as HECK is no vacationing while everything gets fixed. It is a lot of phone calls, usually to parents first, then to the professionals listed in the phonebook or online, then back to parents. After several hours of trying to decide who you want coming to your home and “improving” it, you reach the end of your rope. You do what every other broke home owner has done, you DIY. Usually with duct tape.

Home Improvement Part 1 Comic

 

“Oh no! The window has been cracked!”

“A free estimate would be great!”

“So when ARE you available?”

“Replacing it will cost HOW MUCH?!”

“That should do the trick!”

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