DIY travel game

Your own Sorry! game for when you’re on the go

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a board game with you the next time you visit the park? Ideally, it would be something practical and without having to carry the entire box with the game board. Franzi from “Die Kunstliebe” shows you how to use the MONO twin to create your own Sorry! game for when you’re on the go. Thanks to the jute bag, your game can also become a practical everyday companion.

Materials needed for your own DIY game:

  • A mechanical pencil like the MONO graph
  • A fineliner like the MONO drawing pen, size 01
  • MONO twin marker
  • An eraser like the MONO dust CATCH
  • A tape roll like the MONO Maxi Power Tape
  • 16 figures – for example, using pebbles
  • 1 fabric bag measuring 38 x 42 cm (15 x 16.5") made from 100% cotton
  • Scissors
  • A compass or a glass
  • Thin tracing paper
  • A die
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Tip: Thanks to our all-round talent, the MONO twin, you can choose different materials for your figures without always having to switch pens. It writes, for example, on leaves, wood, and rocks.

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Step 1: The illustrations for the figures

I first sketch out the figures using the MONO graph pencil. The illustration for the start area is more detailed than the sketch for the smaller fields. In order to ensure that the animals are the same size. I use a glass to make a circular boundary. You can also use a compass for this or simply draw freehand. I prefer to use the MONO graph for sketching since it’s very comfortable to hold due to its weight and it has the HB hardness (and the new pastel colors are simply beautiful). Corrections are allowed. Simply erase the excess lines.

Tip: When erasing using circulation motions, the MONO dust CATCH collects its eraser fragments and there is no risk of smearing your sketch.

Step 2: The contours

I then draw contours with the MONO drawing pen in size 1 (size 3 also works very well) and erase the excess lines. Tracing is necessary in order to see the lines through the fabric later.

Step 3: The game board

There are two options here:
You can simply print out our template and glue your figures on it. The advantage here is that the individual fields are spaced at exactly the same distance to each other. If you don’t have the option, then simply draw the fields yourself using a small round object such as a coin or a bottle cap. I now cut out my large figures for the waiting area and glue them on my template using the MONO Maxi Power Tape. I copy the small figures for the small fields four times and cut them out so that they look identical for the smaller fields.

Step 4: I’ll take it to go!

Now the template is ready and you can put your game in the bag. This way, it’s always ready to use when you’re on the go. I centered the field and secured it with 1-2 needles to prevent it from shifting out of place.

Thanks to the thin cotton fabric, the sketch is easy to see. Now you can simply trace the contours with the MONO twin. It’s waterproof and is particularly suitable for this. On the one hand, the color holds its form nicely and doesn’t bleed (this is very important). On the other hand, it has two tips, each with a different thickness: I like to use the thin tip to draw the outlines of the figures and highlights and use the thicker tip to draw the playing fields and larger areas for coloring.

Step 5: The figures

I then paint the 16 small stones that I want to use as figures with smaller figure illustrations. I first make a preliminary outline of them using the MONO graph. This helps me to achieve a good result despite the rough structure of the stones. I then draw the lines using the MONO twin here as well.

Now everything is finished and you can start playing your game. I love combining practical aspects with beauty. A game on a bag now enables me to play anywhere.

Try it out yourself right now and share your travel game with the Tombow family under #tombowinspiration

About the author

Franziska Deißler

- Die Kunstliebe

Franzi loves all the beautiful things that you can design yourself. Whether creating your own personal birthday gifts, cards, packagings, posters, or designing and enhancing decorations and home furnishings: Her passion for this knows no limits. She fell in love with the “art of beautiful writing” back in 2016 and, in addition to commissioned work for companies, she passes along her knowledge in hand lettering workshops all around Frankfurt.

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