Woodcut block printing for Kickstarter bonus reward

Test woodcut block print design
Test woodblock design added to wood using black ink

Spontaneous experiment for fun

One of the bonus options for the February Kickstarter will be woodcut print cards. The cards will be from an in-story game called Dok. Dok is the Allfield word for the struggle of good and evil as well as the name of the little card game. It was fun making cards for a game that only exists in a fictional world.

Start with wood

I grabbed some planks of wood and measured some long and narrow card areas. Using a pencil, I filled in a design which I then went over with black ink. That way, I could see it clearly while I hacked away with it with whatever carving tools I could find in the garage studio.

Wood shavings

Printing a few sheets

I made a few rounds of thick handmade paper to print on. Unfortunately, they turned out looking like bacon. My paper was so lumpy I decided to go with regular watercolor paper and let the designs and prints be rustic looking.

My first few sheets came out too ghosty and there was interesting texture. But the ink was not layed on right and too many areas didn’t show up. So I remixed inks for the next round with a better, even consistency. Black also came out as my favorite color ink to use.

Test print a woodcut block print sheet
Test printing woodblock prints (too light) on sheets of watercolor paper using different mixtures of ink and paint.

Cutting and waxing the woodcut cards

In my excitement I forgot to stain and age the cards after I cut them. I could have done it before I polished them with candle wax, but I forgot then too. Browning the paper a bit would have been great for the test, but at least I was pretty happy with the waxing stage. The cards felt smooth and interesting to hold, and no longer seemed just like paper.

Waxed woodcut block prints
After cutting sample prints, card corners are rounded and cards are hand polished with wax. Next round, darker ink and applying an aging stain before the wax polish.

As I get closer to finishing round two of the printing process, I will post official pictures of the final products. I can’t wait to show them.

Charity game convention this weekend in Queensbury, NY

I’ll be set up at the Adirondacon Tabletop Gaming Convention in Queensbury, NY this weekend with copies of my Allfield Preview Decks. You’ll be able to pick one up for ten bucks, learn how to play, and we’ll be playing if you want to join. I’ll be making drawings while I’m there, plus I’ll have some giveaway items and printed directions.

This event is a gaming event so people can come play all sorts of tabletop board and card games here. There will even be tournaments, raffles, and more for a good cause.

This will be at the Aviation Mall at 578 Aviation Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804 at the Party Palace near the entrance. The hours are 10 to 10 on Saturday, and 11 to 6 on Sunday. If you’re in the area and thinking of coming, let me know so I make sure I’m at my table when you come!

This and other upcoming events are on my calendar right here.

For more information on Adirondacon you can click here.

One young fan liked Allfield cards so much he made his own

One of the greatest things about this project is when it triggers another’s imagination. One young fan liked Allfield so much he started making his own characters and animals and monsters.

These drawings are outstanding, and I wanted to share them online.

Allfield Fan Art
Amazing color Allfield fan art drawings
Allfield Fan Art
Amazing Allfield fan art drawings
Allfield Fan Art
Amazing color Fan Art Drawings

While going over these drawings it only seemed natural that I tried to adapt some of these characters to the comic’s drawing style and even include these into an official deck as a sign of appreciation and gratitude.

Here is an example of how I turned a design into an official card drawing:

And finally with color and put into a card format:

Adapted Allfield Card
Adapting fan design into Allfield card design.

As I get ready for a new school year, it is an incredible privilege to stop and enjoy and share moments like these with children’s imaginative artwork.

About the Allfield Game

Over the years I’ve taught students from pre-k up through college. I have been fortunate to work with and watch thousands of people interact in a classroom from age 3 to 88 years old. I found they all share a common need-they needed to be heard and listened to.

Students need practice talking, listening, taking turns, and working together in a structured format. This is especially important for younger students and frustrated students. Therefore I wanted to make a game that addressed these ideas, and have it be all-age friendly. I created a tabletop-card game – a super simple storytelling rpg, which mimics how kids play pretend, but has enough structure to balance all players’ voices.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy the game, and maybe even emulate this young artist and create your own. Feel free to send me any of your thoughts or drawings.