blogMy First Custom Domino Table

June 18, 2015
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Finally getting to build stuff.

I play dominoes regularly. Almost every family function, at least 1 game is played. I have 6 sets, including 2 mini sets to carry in my purse. Yes, I carry a set around in case the opportunity to play arises. I even have a few tattooed on me.

A couple of years ago, I had a conversation about creating a domino table. I was interested in the idea, but never allotted the time to plan and create one. Well, time went by and eventually the inevitable “I WANT you to make a domino table” request was made. See, sometimes I have ideas but don’t follow through because there isn’t a hard deadline or request made. Once a request is made, I typically have to follow through.

A few years prior to the conversation about making tables came up, I did a portrait of a drummer, a conga player to be exact. This was something that I had completely forgot about. When I asked what the theme or inspiration of the table was to be, I was told “I want the picture of that conguero”. He wanted a conga player because the table was a gift for a music loving, domino playing family member in Puerto Rico. The downside was that I had no photograph of that original piece. I did my best to recreate the look and it was a success.

I used the conguero as the central image as that was the only “must have”, everything else was up to me. Since this was going to Puerto Rico, I incorporated elements from the island in the layout. Obviously, I had to include the flag. With the flag as inspiration, I used a limited color scheme of red, white, blue and a bit of gold. In the background, I created a simple mountain landscape to reference topography. For the foreground, I added the national flower, the Flor de Maga, flanked by a border of golden palm fronds.

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