Mashup, Vol 4

I brought in a third puzzle to the mashup, Cactus family from the Lovely Times series. I did that earlier but put it away in sections. The orientation of this puzzle is landscape, whereas the other two are portraits.




This doesn’t really mesh, the contrast is too big somehow.


Eyes on the cactus work a bit better.

The cactus puzzle didn’t actually fit perfectly into the other puzzles, you had to push hard in some places.

When I was putting away the puzzles I put the Forest Cathedral in the Hi Monsta! box by mistake, but I left it as is. All that means I now have pictures of Zozoville puzzles on the bottom of the Forest Cathedral box and Inner Mystic pictures on the bottom of the Hi Monsta! box. Oh well.

I tried putting the puzzles away in sections, but some of them broke up. Heye has a fit that is not exactly loose, but lifting large sections is difficult.


I put the eyes on top – I doubt you’ve seen the last of them πŸ™‚

Mashup, Vol 3

The Inner Mystic and Zozoville puzzles turned out to have the same cut, which of course means mashup time πŸ™‚ This may be really obvious, but the fastest way to check if a puzzle has the same cut is when you’ve completed the first puzzle is to find a corner piece from the other and try it out (bearing in mind it can also be upside down). It may not be 100%, but if the corner doesn’t fit, you can definitely put the first puzzle away.

This was again a case where the puzzles where one puzzle was upside down in relation to the other, going by the cut.


It would have looked better having those eyes on top, looking down on the scene, but not too bad. Except now I feel I should probably apologize to Andy Kehoe for ruining his beautiful picture πŸ™‚


The troll is thinking about the forest.

I have to admit, when I bought the Zozoville puzzle I was thinking how great those enormous eyes might look in mashups. You can expect to see them everywhere I can fit them in πŸ™‚

Mashup, Vol 2

Turns out, Castorland also uses the same dies for 500 piece puzzles, but in this case, the puzzles fit on each other so that the other image needs to be upside down. That was something I hadn’t considered. The two jigsaws I used were Sunset Harbour and The Stony Bridge.

Sunshade and a bottle of wine landing in the garden.
Cottage landing in the harbour.

These work a bit better than the previous ones, but nothing spectacular yet. The puzzle mashup artist, Tim Klein, did say that he preferred older puzzles because new ones are so busy and full of detail. I think he’s right, this mashup thing would probably work better with less stuff in the images, to begin with. I kind of like the sunshade landing in the garden, though.


I found two puzzles with the same cut! They are Tactic 500-piece puzzles, Waterhouse and Palm Beach. Makes sense that smaller manufacturers would use the same dies for all puzzles with the same piece count, whereas large manufacturers have different dies and even the same images can be differently cut. As I suspected, the mashup results were hardly spectacular, but I’ll continue to keep my eyes open for possible combinations.

Added some beach and palms to cheer the duck up.
Phantom duck in the palms.
Moving the sections around.

That was fun! Hope to find some more striking combinations next time.

Puzzle Mashup Art

A few days ago, a friend sent me this linkΒ 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 πŸ™‚