a post earlier this week from Dina at Honey & Fritz. the original post can be found here. originally it was going to be a surprise, but my usual procrastination brought me to a better idea. Nacho & i love to do puzzles, especially at Christmas time, so why not use a puzzle we'd actually done & why not have BOTH of us contribute to this little art project? so Nacho pitched in while also managing dinner.
i started with a trip to HobbyLobby & bought an 8"x8" frame & a couple of pieces of white card stock for backing (i always buy an extra in case i mess up). then i tried printing out a large lowercase "A" from MS Word. that was not going well. i know, i should not have used a word processing program to begin with, but it's what i know most. i never could get the sizing or vertical spacing right. when i got the letter the size i thought i wanted, it would not print on a single piece of paper.
enter, OpenOffice Draw! i love OpenOffice. 1 because it's free, yes, but mostly because it doesn't have all that heft that the MS products have - nothing against MS products, i just don't need all the bells/whistles at home. so in Draw, i just created a lowercase "A" using the text tool & was able to size & position it perfectly - Arial Black 24 btw! i did practice runs with just an outlined A (like Erin's "M") then thought to color the "A" in (like Erin's "A"). after playing around with a couple of blues, i found the one i thought worked best with our puzzle pieces as a whole - blue8 in OpenOffice Draw.
the smartest thing i did: i printed the color "A" out on regular paper & played with the layout. glad i did this because i was waaay too anal about this. i have no idea how Erin laid hers out, but it didn't need near as much attention as i was giving it.
tip: you do not have to, nor do you really want to, cover every square inch of the "A" in puzzle pieces during the 1st layer. as a matter of fact, some of that color showing through is nice!and then i was off! here is the official "a" printed on sturdy card stock so any glue would not warp the paper too badly (that's another tip!).
another tip: i actually MP'd a few pieces to one of my paper print outs just to get a feel for how it would brush on the puzzle pieces. since this was going to create a useless puzzle that i'm not willing to donate anyway, might as well practice!
and so Nacho & i created the 1st layer!
the next 2 layers were a little less straightforward. at times, i brushed the MP onto the back of the puzzle piece, at others onto the pieces that they would be sitting on. it just depended on how the "standing" test went & if they held or not.
and in about 30 minutes i had a work of art!
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