Cleaning out my basement I found a bag of old puzzle pieces left from my days as a Brownie’s leader. I looked, and looked but I could not really find a great example of art that I wanted to use.
There are a lot of examples of using puzzle pieces in jewelry, larger puzzle pieces as a canvas for individual canvases and so on but nothing that really ‘seemed to fit’. (Get it? A little puzzle joke for you all)
As a result I began to experiment in my art journal. I started with a blank page and applied a coat of gesso. Once that was dry I built up my background using acrylic paints. I only used 4 colors (crimson, titanium white, cerulean blue and yellow ocher) and mixed/blended and played with the colors until I had a background that I was happy with.
Next I put together a small set of puzzle pieces and laid a few spares and painted them with gesso. Once the gesso was dry I used a solvent ink to stamp some images on the background and used a whitewash to tone the bright black down a little. Next I drew in black marker a picture on the large group of connected pieces, and a similar yet different picture on one of the other pieces. I painted the image I drew on the two puzzle pieces using the colors I already had on my pallet, but I added hooker’s green to the mix for the flower stem. On the spare piece I painted the image in a similar manner, but also in a way that it just wasn’t the same. Finally I broke a few pieces form the large block of connected pieces and distressed them and painted a completely different design on the last piece I had set out.
Finally I added doodling and accents on my background, used a black marker to write my sentiment in my journal and applied my puzzle pieces. This is just a first run of this technique, I already have ideas churning in my mind just waiting to get out.
Now that you have a little inspiration it is time to get some supplies! Visit Home and Garden Welcome to pick up the art and craft supplies needed to complete your own puzzling project!
- My Favorite Mixed Media Essentials: 2. Gesso (nathaliesstudio.com)
- Repurpose Your Old Puzzles For A New Challenge (hackcollege.com)