The American Spirit Board Company catalogue and process

SPIRIT BOARDS

This was a fun project that began as a gift for my wife. When I was unable to find any kind of ouija board other than the Parker Brothers kind, I decided to make a few of my own. Collaging together old imagery, I wanted to make something that felt like an old, forgotten relic found in a grandparent's attic. After making three, I was bit by the bug and went on to design several more with the goal of making each feel as though it came from a different forgotten corner of the world. Each design was printed and mounted to a stained, footed wood board, sealed and hand-aged with dings and dents. In the end, a few boards were sold with 'American Spirit Board Company' certificates of authenticty, the rest given away as gifts where hopefully they all continue to bring good fortunes to this day.

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All images copyright © Mark Cordell Holmes

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