Tips for creating mosaic print puzzles
These puzzles are designed to hang on your wall. Unlike your 'usual' puzzles which are very thick and have been cut from one big piece, each piece has been individually printed onto quality 300gsm card so that they sit perfectly flat. They have a matt finish so that they look all fancy schmancy. Fancy schmancy can be good right?
What should I glue it onto?
It's up to you to adhere the pieces onto canvas or a board ready to frame. Some designs can be glued onto the backing board of an A2 sized frame, for example. I recommend that you seal your surface with acrylic varnish, Modpodge or paint first.
What glue should I use?
I highly recommend using a glue stick (yes... a glue stick!) because it doesn't buckle the paper due to it's low liquid content. Placing a weight onto it afterwards will also help it to remain flat although I don't recommend this for canvases. Be careful that the glue isn't on the outside because the weight will tear the paper.
Spray adhesive is also a good glue choice but make sure you're in a well ventilated area.
How do I seal it?
First, you wait until the glue is dry.
Your choice of sealer is your personal taste and you need to make a choice here! I love the arty look and often use a thick gesso (although you will lose some detail and definition) or it can be sealed with ®Modpodge or sprayed with acrylic varnish. Using Matt varnish will give you a better finish but make sure you take broad sweeps so you don't get runs. You don't want the runs do you?
NOTE: If you are framing it under glass, it doesn't need to be sealed but it's up to you!
What else do I need to know?
1. The 'blank' tiles are not what they seem... they have been printed, although I agree it's difficult to tell in some cases. So take care in which side you use because one side has a colour... even though it may seem faint.
2. I have packaged these myself, so if you find any missing, please contact me. I have to confess I'm not perfect but I have done my very best!
3. It helps if you label the puzzle parts A1,A2,A3 etc on the back (for the ones with lots of pieces).
4. I know neatness counts but the original is often not neat at all! I have lots of gaps and crooked pieces and I like it that way... of course you may not. Your finished piece can potentially be much neater than my original, because mine has had watercolour and ink on it as well as being cut by hand.
If you like the mosaic look you can create 'neat' gaps of 1mm or so between the tiles.
5. I have swiped ink along the edges of each piece to give each tile more definition. Just search 'Inked paper edges' in your search engine (Google or whatever) and you'll find plenty of help with this. Make sure it is properly dried before you glue or seal the pieces.