Dicework I: Simple Ruleset 1 (No Deck). 2008.
-4 six-sided dice, at least two of which must be unique in colour (one will be referred to as Unique Die 1, and the other as Unique Die 2).
-A painting surface.
-A variety of paints.
-A variety of brushes.
Begin by rolling a single die. An even number establishes the orientation of the painting surface as landscape format, while an odd number establishes it as portrait format.
All subsequent rolls will involve all four dice. The outcome of each roll will instruct the painter as to how s/he shall proceed in creating the painting. Each roll represents a single step in the process. With the exception of a total wash/glaze over the painting surface (which must be completed in its entirety), each step ends at either the painter’s discretion or when the paint brush requires recharging with paint and/or solvent. The dice are then rolled again to establish what to do next.
When all four dice are rolled, the choice of the following options is determined:
Unique Die 1:
Establishes the size of brush utilised by the painter. A roll of 1 indicates the smallest size, while a roll of 6 indicates the largest size. Any number in between corresponds to a brush size proportionally scaled between the smallest and largest sizes.
Unique Die 2:
A roll of 1 or 6 results in no paint but only clean solvent being applied by the technique demanded by the dice (see below) for the duration of this turn. Any other outcome results in the use of paint in the application of technique. Choice of colour is left to the discretion of the painter.
Remaining Two Dice:
A roll of:
-2 results in a full wash/glaze over the painting surface.
-3 results in a splatter application of paint/solvent.
-4 results in a drip application of paint/solvent.
-5 results in (a) curved stroke(s) using a flat brush.
-6 results in (a) curved stroke(s) using a round or filbert brush.
-7 results in (a) straight or angular stroke(s) using a flat brush.
-8 results in (a) straight or angular stroke(s) using a round or filbert brush.
-9 results in a dab(bing) application of paint/solvent using a flat brush.
-10 results in a dab(bing) application of paint/solvent using a round or filbert brush.
-11 results in a splatter application of paint/solvent.
-12 results in a full wash/glaze over the painting surface.
There is no prescribed endpoint. The status of “completion” is awarded a painting at the discretion of the painter.