Monday, 11 July 2011

Altered Jigsaw Puzzle Background

Hi everyone. My name is Yatie. A few months back, I altered a jigsaw puzzle set and a lot of people have asked me how I made the background. So I was thinking, I might as well make a tutorial on the how over here. Ok let us start.

You will need:

Jigsaw puzzle set
2 contrasting colors of acrylic paints
1 paint brush
2 foam brushes
Distress ink
Rock Candy crackle paint
Foam adhesive
Wet glue (not in picture)

First, apply gesso all over the jigsaw pieces and don't forget the sides of the frame too.

Squeeze out the acrylic colors and using the foam brushes, dip them in the colors respectively.

Dab the brushes up and down alternately on the jigsaw pieces (make sure the gesso is completely dry), mixing the colors in some areas. 

Once the paint is completely dry, ink the edges of each jigsaw piece with distress ink.

Adhere the jigsaw pieces back onto the frame.

Leave at least 2 jigsaw pieces off. You can fill in the empty spaces with black marker if you like or just leave them as they are.

Using foam adhesive, adhere the 2 pieces down, twisting them to the sides a little.

Lastly, apply Rock Candy crackle paint to the sides of the jigsaw set.

Once the crackle paint dris, cracks will appear giving the jigsaw set a unique look.

You can now decorate the puzzle set. Here I've made it into a mini layout.

A close up view of the altered background.
So that's it. Hope you'll give it a try and do share you work with us here. Just link up your takes in the comment section.

Take care, everyone and happy altering!!



HarmonySweetpea said...

Looks great Yatie!

Chowchow said...

This is brilliant Yatie. Admire how you painstakingly added each process/layer onto the jigsaw. Thanks for sharing.

Rach H said...

This is fabulous!!!!

Susie said...

Yatie, this is so wonderful!

KarenB said...

Oh wow, I seriously love this - I want to try it :) Thanks for the step-by-steps :)

Cynthia Lloréns said...

This is such a great idea..and I love the way that look!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amazing work!!
kisses and huges from Brazil

pinkalishious said...

This is a great idea, if only i thought of this before i gave all my kids old puzzles to charity, lol