Saturday, May 21, 2011

#23 Tudor Toss

I have always been into Tudor history. The political, religious battles, the power plays, the scandals! For most people the thing that comes to mind first about the Tudors is all those beheadings! So I thought, of course to make a game of it.

Coincidently this last Thursday marked the 475 year anniversary of Anne Boleyn's execution.
Too Soon?

So probably the first thing I should have done was decide on the heads I would use.  Doing so after the fact may cause a problem, but I got lucky.

 I decided to use these doll heads I found at Goodwill. They go to those make up hair dolls (you know the ones with just a head, neck, and shoulders). I popped off the heads and decided to Un-Barbie them with a little dead looking paint. 

Next I used a 4x4 piece of ply wood. I got a little nicer wood (popular 3/4" thick).

I cut holes (badly) and painted it with some oops paint. 
I choose a light color because I want to see it outside at night.

Then I started painting on my Tudors.

I chose.... of course Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard (Queens are worth more),Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Jane Gray, Thomas More, and Thomas Cromwell. 
They just come to mind most when it comes to tudor time executions.

To make it stand, I used a couple strips of wood cut into four 4 foot pieces 
I screwed one of them to the top of the board. and attached the legs at an angle underneath.
I attached it with a bracket that I bent with a clamp and pliers.

Then I attached the fourth piece on the ground the same way. 
The angle was sharper so I just took angle brackets and unbent them a little.

I decided to just print up the names on paper and Mod Podge them on!

I also antiqued the whole thing a bit with a watered down brown paint and a rag.

I need some more heads! I only found four that day.
 Later I will get a couple more and make them over into the men, probably by just adding beards.

The picture quality is kind of poor , I didn't realize how dark my garage is. 
I will post some brighter ones when I have time.


  1. What a creative idea! Your artwork is beautiful, too.

  2. looks like fun hello newest follower look forward to reading your blog

  3. Another Cool Creation....I Look Forward to your posts...always interesting

  4. That has to be one of the cleverest things I have ever seen. Brilliant!!


  5. Thank you all for your kind words. It was fun to make though the painting can take some time. If you are not into that much painting, you could mod-podge on printed images instead. Now I just saw a 'Body Parts Toss' game on Halloween Forum. It's the same idea but a lot more gruesome... I love it! Let me see if I can add a link later.