14 August 2020

LEGO® DOTS: Cole Blaq's bracelet & tile ideas

So far Cole Blaq has used the LEGO® DOTS bracelets we sent him to create viruses and sea creatures and for his final post today he presents a collection of tablescraps, techniques and smaller ideas using both the bracelets as well as the printed tiles, to inspire you. Cole is an artist and educator in Germany primarily influenced by graffiti and LEGO. The Dots products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.

I received three copies each of 41900 Rainbow, 41902 Sparkly Unicorn, 41901 Funky Animals and 41912 Love Birds. With such a limited parts selection, I concentrated on the rubber bracelets and on a few selected printed tiles. The available connections for mounting the bracelets are not that easy to integrate with the LEGO System. Therefore I had to get around this, which led to some not-so-smooth solutions. While the studs do have a firm grip, once they are bent (or have no counter-pressure from the rear side) attaching stuff to them is tricky, unstable and often disappointing.


First of all a tribar, or ‘Penrose triangle’.


You could use this as the inspiration for a build using regular bricks.


These transparent elements act as a flexible shape creator with two connected bracelets.


This led to an eye, which also includes a few of the printed tiles from the Dots sets.


These deformations show how the bracelets behave after some time under stress and tension. Over time they slowly get back towards the original shape, but stay deformed to some degree.

Here are some more connection explorations that might inspire you.







That last one led to a girl with long hair and a ‘floating’ face using more transparent elements.

Ideas using LEGO DOTS printed tiles

Then I started playing around with the printed tiles. Here are a few sketches, with all sorts of layouts.




An adaptation of the classic snakes game.


Into the rainbow with the clouds


A 'painting' with a horizontal rainbow stripe.

Raining Cats and Bunnies


A reference to the English saying “It’s raining cats and dogs out there!”.

Statue


A small statue using the quarter-circle tiles in Silver Ink (6294879 | 67173) that come in 41902 Sparkly Unicorn with a minifigure trophy.

Mandala


The colourful mandala entering the third dimension, and a possible fourth...


You can follow Cole Blaq at cole-blaq.com or on Instagram or Flickr.




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1 comment:

  1. i absolutely love that one with the eye. Looking forward to more great MOCs!

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