One game I never played but I knew immediately it had art potential was Rummikub. The tiles are a great size for magnets & even pins.
The picture above shows the original tile. The next shows a tile colored with Ranger's Alcohol Inks. The last one is a finished magnet with a fun image & a word I thought related to the image. The final tile is coated with a layer of Inkssentials Glossy Accents to protect it & add a nice finish.
Dice are another great art supply. I made this ofrenda with supplies from Hannah Grey Curiosities & Dry Goods, as well as some of my own items. An ofrenda is a Mexican altar commemorating & honoring the life & favorite things of a dearly departed loved one, typically to welcome the loved one for Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
Dice can also be used as legs for a box or other item. You can just barely see them on the bottom of this altered cigar box. I no longer have the box, so that's the best photo I have.
And, of course, there are Scrabble Tiles. These are probably my favorite game pieces. I love to use them to make charms for bracelets. I use a hand drill with the smallest bit I have to drill the holes for the jump rings. The bracelet below uses Scrabble tiles to spell out "Ancestors" on one side & then I've added a minchie, which is a little 1/2" by 1/2" image, to the back of the tile. These minchies are from Red Lead Paperworks. The finished charms are coated with Glossy Accents again to protect & seal the image.
So the next time you have a game with missing pieces that you think is headed to the trash, think again...it's a great source of art supplies. Think green & recycle those game pieces into little works of art...or send them to me!