A jigsaw puzzle is a piece of art. A puzzle that has been cut into pieces and put back together in the right order. Puzzles can be created from photographs, drawings or paintings. The most famous artist to make puzzles was John Neeley Zagnojil who made “1000 Piece Puzzles” for many years until he passed away in 2016 at the age of 83. Jigsaw puzzles are not just for children anymore!
Benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles
- Improves cognitive abilities, including memory and concentration skills.
- Aids in the development of fine motor skills along with hand eye coordination – it may also help prevent Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorders related to movement.
- Helps relieve stress and anxiety by providing a distraction from everyday life.
- May be used as an art therapy technique for those dealing with mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, or lower self esteem.
What is the first jigsaw puzzle?
The first jigsaw puzzle was created by John Spilsbury.
He used a picture of the ruins at Pompeii, Italy to assemble his “Pompeian Puzzle.” The image appeared in shops around 1817 and became popular with the British public because it was affordable and easy to create as well as having an attractive appearance. It took about 40 years until these puzzles were first imported into America from England. His original puzzles are extremely rare now!
How to make a jigsaw puzzle from your picture
In order for your readership to have a better understanding of how you make this type of art, we will break down each step that you need to take before even starting on any piece:
- Determine what is the size? ____x____ inches – Choose images ____ sheets for a single puzzle ____ pieces total.
- Decide on the design – whether it is to be traditional, jigsaw type, or more abstract.
- Select and scan photos/images onto computer with appropriate size so they can be printed out in high quality color images (300 dpi) at ______x______ inches or select an image from your digital camera that you have previously scanned into your computer.
- If selecting a photo from the internet make sure no copyright laws are being violated by using this picture as these will get picked up during scanning process and may result in legal action against person uploading them! Keep all pictures of people’s faces unedited because those can still cause lawsuits even if permission was given to use the picture.
- In a photo editor, open your design and drag in each photo accordingly or use a function to place an image on a layer. Remember to resize photos so they are all proportionally sized (make sure width is equal height). Keep in mind that jigsaw puzzles have different size pieces making some more challenging than others!
- Print out puzzle sheet or save file as PDF for later printing – then cut images apart at appropriate cutting points with scissors or paper cutter ______mm______ from edge of printed page. For fun you can keep them uncut but this makes it difficult when trying to assemble puzzle because there will be many small bits floating around without any indication which should go where unless everything is numbered correctly.
- Use a pencil or pen to fit puzzle pieces together – be careful not to place edges against each other too tightly and avoid putting two like shapes next to each other. The goal is to make the completed jigsaw as circular in shape as possible with no gaps between pieces. This will keep it from being ruined when you pick up, move, rotate, etc., the puzzle while working on it.
- Place puzzle face down on cutting mat (or any thin cardboard) so that your fingers are protected while you’re assembling the piece onto the back of another one by pushing them out into their correct position.
- For best results, use an X-Acto knife blade for precision work but scissors can also do this job if necessary.
How to do jigsaw puzzle for beginners
By following a few simple tricks, players can solve puzzles faster and with less frustration.
- Lay down all prices – You’ll find it easier to see the pieces when they’re all in a pile and spread out. When opening a puzzle, the first thing to do is to turn all the pieces over so that the picture side faces up.
- Put pieces into groups – This will make it easier to locate pieces that are in the same area of the puzzle. Put all the edge pieces on one side. Then start sorting the inside pieces. Put all the pieces from one section in a pile.
- Work on pieces that are shorter – It’s also advisable to work with sections of a puzzle where there are fewer pieces so you can get them put together before moving onto another section.
- Put together the border – Once you have your puzzle pieces separated into a few piles, you can start putting it together. It is better to start by drawing the border. That starts the space you are working in.
- Put together by patterns, and colors – You can put pieces with similar patterns or colors near each other. People often find matching puzzle pieces by looking for the colors, but this can be deceiving. Pay close attention to any lines or patterns on the piece before you start placing it into its spot.
- Use the picture on the box as a guide – It is helpful to refer to the image that’s printed on the inside of your puzzle box lid before starting as it will give you an idea of what each piece should look like.
- Pay attention to shapes – Another thing to watch out for is the shape of pieces. Puzzles have six shapes. One is a square. The other five are triangles, a right-angled triangle, an acute-angled triangle, and a parallelogram and trapezium.