From Raphael Martora brush

Puzzle Maker’s Choice: jigsaw, tile saw or paint brush?

Puzzle Pieces Work in Progress

I understand the addictive quality of working out a jigsaw puzzle, and have myself uttered the plaintive cry “Just one more!” when my parents were trying to call me to dinner or send me to bed.

There are no jigsaw puzzles in my house today: Too much space is devoted to painting. Max the Kitten, who has already walked into wet gesso and spilled water onto a nearly-finished painting, would be drawn to puzzle pieces like a moth to a flame.

Having a “no puzzle policy” hasn’t kept me from making puzzles, though. Typical puzzle maker’s tools are either jig saws or (for the really ambitious) tile saws, however, my puzzle-making tool is a paint brush.

This work-in-progress puzzle is made with a 6H pencil and a Raphael Martora Sable #0 brush that I bought at Wet Paint in Saint Paul, MN.

Further reading: 11 Reasons To Do Jigsaw Puzzles

 

New Obsession: Tiny Random Shapes

They started with a watercolor doodle, but after a week, they became a celebration of Tiny Random Shapes, and, perhaps, a modest and harmless obsession. The original paintings are all watercolor (lots of pigment, not a lot of water) painted with a Raphael 2/0 brush.

First Green 
First Green became digital Purple Leaves
cool stuff at zazzle
Tiny Random
Multi
Tiny Random #2 (digital)
Bigger Tree (7.5 x 10.5″)
Tiny Tree (Original 5×7″)
zazzle postcard
Tiny Bubbles (8×11) zazzle postcard
Tiny Bubbles Inverts in Photoshop (zazzle postcard)
Tiny Green Out the Window (Digital)
Wrapped Kimona (8.5×11″)
postcard at zazzle

By the end of the year, I will have put all of the 2012 Image-a-Day project paintings onto postcards at zazzle.com. If you see an image that you would like on one of zazzle’s zillions of products, or on fabric or wallpaper at spoonflower, contact me directly at susangainen@comcast.net.