I was researching to look for a craft or art medium that would be simple for anyone to use. It would be nice if I could engage the players in crafts-making through a game and participating in a co-creation activity in the process. The created artefacts could also be a memento for the players after the game has ended. I was considering using watercolour or acrylic paint before I came across a paint called marbling paint — also known as the paint that floats on water. I read that it is very simple use and could be used to create beautiful patterns. I designed a game centred on using this art medium.
- Choose a colour of the marbling paint to represent yourself.
- As you share something with the other players, drip one drop of your colour into the filled water tray.
- After some discussion, the colours and patterns would intensify in the water tray (symbolising the richness of the conversations).
- Dip an object into the water tray and create an artefact (a visual representation of the interactions in the game).
Game Trial #1
I did a simple test with my family and the results turn out quite well. We each coloured 1 ice cream stick to use as bookmarks. We played another round, where I collected our conversations on a piece of canvas. My idea is to collect canvases from a number of families (aim: 30) to create a collection of art pieces to advocate for intergenerational relationships.