Pick an Image, Any Image If you don’t find something to love in this newsletter then I’d be surprised. When our graphic artist, Bri, shared these images with us, we were all salivating over them. “I want to cut that one!” “Look at all that color-line cutting you could do in that one!” That’s just how an artisan’s mind works. We look at an image and think of all the fun things we could do if we were crafting it into a puzzle.
So that led me to thinking, let’s have a few of our artisans tell you just what they’d do if they were crafting these puzzles for you. Step into the mind of a puzzle artisan and see how we think!
Bibliodame, Jacek Yerka
Monnie (about Bibliodame): Bibliodame is a very calming image. My goal when crafting the puzzle would be to show the excitement and adventure under the surface that is apparent when you engage in reading... or puzzling!
The scene is very appealing to me as an avid bibliophile and puzzle artisan. First, I’d design an edge with clouds on the top and extend the foliage on the bottom. In the bottom corners I’d have windows of people reading books! I’d put silhouettes of monsters and magical creatures in the trees, and mermaids and sea serpents in the water. In the sky, I’d cut silhouettes of flying and flapping books. I’d place a teapot on the table because I love my tea. I envision rock climbers scaling the bookcase and of course, I’d cut the water in my new curlicue style to really drive you nuts! I’d also do lots of color-line cutting everywhere to make it really tough for you. Please let me cut this puzzle for you!
In Season, Dina Farris Appel Cassidy (about In Season): I really enjoy the simplicity of this scene. Its bright colors and well-defined elements are always intriguing to me as an artisan. Components like the ceramic pot, the bowl of pears, and the stone edge are begging to be color-line cut. I also love seeing fun elements in the print that can be cut out and act like its own silhouette– like the single pear and the grape cluster with the butterfly perched on it. The large amount of sky and vineyard in the background, as well as the straight edges of the stone, allows me to provide you, the puzzler, fun challenges. That’s where I can really torment you with my devious cutting techniques! I really love images like this. Easily defined puzzle elements that, when turned over, you can still see because of all of the color-line cutting I’ve done. I think you’ll have a blast with this one and so will I! Waterlilies, Claude Monet
Jennifer (about Waterlilies): I admit it. This image gives me a little trouble as a puzzle artisan. I love its colors and the calm feeling I get when looking at the image, but there is no clear place for me to color-line cut? Where are the places where I can cut phony straight-edge pieces? I’m just not seeing it, so I guess I’ll have to approach this puzzle from a different angle. I’m going to bring this famous painting to life with the silhouettes I cut into it. I love to create a fun vignette into puzzles that will make you smile as you piece it together. Imagine a frog family going about their daily life in the pond. One frog can be sunning on a lilypad, another could be leaping from one pad to another. And maybe I’ll cut a nice big frog reaching out with his tongue to grab his dinner from the air! Another thought would be to create a fantasy world within the pond. I’d craft some fanciful fairies sitting on the lilypads, smelling the blossoms, and maybe even catching a ride on a dragonfly’s tail! These are things that might just really happen if you’ll only believe. Tell me what you’d like to see in Monet’s beautiful pond and I’ll make it come to life just for you!