Puzzle Mashup Art

A few days ago, a friend sent me this link with an amazing story about an artist called Tim Klein, who combines identically cut puzzles to make new images. Here are even more images on Tim Klein’s own page. The combined puzzles are for sale, although many are sold out. The train-horse is my favourite.

In the story above, Tim Klein credits Mel Andringa with the idea, and he was apparently the first artist to use this technique. Googling Mel Andringa brought up some more great images, like this:


Tut: King of Beers, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

I am definitely going to try this one day, but I think it might be much more difficult than you might imagine combining images in an entertaining way. Which is why these guys are artists, I guess 🙂



4 thoughts on “Puzzle Mashup Art

    • We’ll see! Have to think about this a bit. You would need to complete both puzzles first, and then do the mashup. But I would probably like to put the puzzles back into their own boxes afterwards, so perhaps I would need to mark the guest starring pieces on the backside..

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      • Yes, but if you came up with a gorgeous mashup you might want to glue and frame it to display!

        This has me thinking about which puzzle companies use the same die cuts. It might be best to start with a 300 or 500 piece and see how it all comes together. I think it would be great fun!

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      • True, especially if the puzzles were ordinary, a bit boring even, and the combination fantastic. I think most companies use the same die cuts more than once, but finding puzzles that are cut the same could be difficult. Unfortunately, I don’t really have 300 piece puzzles, and only recently relaxed my acquisition policy to include 500 piece puzzles (it used to be “no less than 1000 pieces”). I will either have to go straight to 1000 pieces, or I will have to buy the puzzles especially for this. First, I’m going to keep my eyes open to see if I have puzzles that are cut the same.


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