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4x4 Chunky Puzzle Collage

Creating "Square Art" with a blank 4x4 chipboard puzzle.

Art and instructions by Caryl Hoobler

collage art chunky page by Rosalie Ackerson
4x4 Puzzle Collage by Caryl Hoobler

How to make this 4x4 Asian puzzle collage.


4x4 chipboard Puzzle

Caran D'Ache Watercolor Crayons

Baby wipes

workable spray fixative

PVA glue

Chinese Red Envelopes

Chinese Cookie Fortunes

Garden Mosaic Detail Embossing Powder

1/8 inch hole punch

assorted Asian embellishments, art fibers

collage images: images used in this project are from the following Bmuse Collage sheets: Chinese Fans , and Chinese Art Panels#1.


Begin by coloring entire puzzle with brown watercolor crayon, use baby wipe to spread color as water will soak and and warp chipboard puzzle. Spray lightly with workable fixative to seal. To make center piece trace puzzle piece on Red Chinese Envelope, cut out and glue to puzzle piece. Attach Chinese coin and ribbon. Emboss Asian symbols on middle top and bottom pieces with other assorted Asian ephemera. For left and right sides trace and cut pieces from the Asian Art Panels collage sheet #1. Cut out and attach Chinese Fan to lower right corner. In upper left corner punch hole and use brad to attach beads and fibers. Add words cut from Chinese Cookie Fortunes on middle puzzle pieces.

And, remember this is just one example in an infinite number of themes, create your own puzzle in whatever manner inspires you. Or, send get 9 art friends together and have everyone make a puzzle and then swap!

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