1) Paint Away
Decorative Painting -Paint as you would any canvas. The smooth surface makes it a favorite for decorative painters to paint on.
Paint in the lines -Draw a line with a permanent marker on one or all of your puzzle pieces. Paint in the shapes with acrylic paint or allow several different people paint them in. When dry, hang together in a rectangle or abstractly. A few line drawings are included to copy if desired. This is an excellent group project. Note due to the unique high quality surface you will have extra mixing time on the puzzle piece.
2) Color Study Explorations
Beginners -Choose one color of paint and paint one puzzle piece. Repeat using different colors of paint. Display your puzzle pieces in groups changing the colors to show different basic color schemes. -Fun in Group or Individual .
Advanced –Choose specific color schemes to explore such as analogous colors, contrasting colors, or war and cool colors. Color sets of puzzle pieces using those colors only. Interchange to colors to explore how colors can be used to change the mood or feel in a work of art. -Fun in Group or Individual.
3) Easy Batik Surprise (Positive/Negative Space)
Easiest –Choose one color of paint. Mask off some of the puzzle piece in various shapes using delicate painters tape. Use a damp brush or sponge to spread one light layer of paint completely over the tape covering all parts of the puzzle piece. Add more painters tape on top of the paint and other tape. Cover again with another layer of paint (slightly more than last time.) Add even more painters tape on top of everything that is already there. (If the paint layers are not too wet, you don’t need to let them dry in between coats.) One last time add more paint to any area that does not have painters tape (fairly thick coat this time). Take off all layers of tape to reveal the Batik surprise!
Medium –Choose two colors of paint that mix to a color you like. Paint and let dry one light layer of paint with a damp brush or sponge. Mask off some of the puzzle piece in various shapes using delicate painters tape. Choose the other color and paint over the entire piece including the painters tape. Add even more painters tape on top of everything that is already there. (If the paint layers are not too wet, you don’t need to let them dry in between coats.) One last time add more paint (either color or both mixed) to any area that does not have painters tape (fairly thick coat this time). Take off all layers of tape to reveal the Batik surprise!
Advanced –Follow one of the directions above. When finished allow the puzzle piece to dry and use a fine tip brush to paint back into the shapes adding texture or eyes. Point out the positive and negative space of the puzzle pieces to use as a formal art lesson.
From your local hardware supply store choose a few colors of latex wall paint (small containers) and paint your puzzle pieces with a brush or sponge. Repeat coats if desired. Hang in solid colors or paint designs on top of the latex with acrylic paint.
5) The Best Finger Paint Surface Ever!
Choose two colors of finger paint (three usually makes the color of mud) for each puzzle piece or assemble the puzzle to make one large finger painting. Watch the Patty Pop Ons® YouTube video channel for fun finger painting ideas. Allow puzzle pieces to dry thoroughly and then assemble and disassemble the puzzle as many times as you wish.
Pens that work well: Alcohol Pens, Permanent Markers, Foam Markers, Paint Pens
1) Zen Doodling
Zen doodle is a popular pastime and these puzzle pieces are an excellent surface for zen doodling. Choose your favorite kind of pen and just doodle. (Note: some pens take slightly longer to dry than if you were drawing on paper. Take care not to put your hand down on what you’ve just drawn until completely dry.
2) Pen drawing
Assemble the puzzle in the shape you would like to paint. Then choose a subject and your colors. Work from the center out or from one edge to the next. The edges can also be colored if desired. These make great name tags.
1) Freestyle Fun
With paper scraps, tissue paper or magazine photos glue freely on individual pieces until your all puzzle pieces are covered. Trim with scissors if desired. Embellish with notions such as feathers, buttons and beads. Assemble and hang in any way you desire.
2) Picture Frame Collage
Paint the background with a light wash if desired or cover with fabric or paper and trim. Add a photo . Use colored sticks to create a frame around the picture. Continue to embellish with craft notions. Hang your puzzle on the wall.
3) Fabric Folly
With Front side of fabric up and smooth foam surface of the puzzle piece towards you, trace the puzzle edge onto the fabric (non-fraying fabrics work best). Cut carefully round the puzzle pieces. Use glue (or glue-webbing available at fabric and craft stores –Note: follow manufacturer’s directions and use warm iron only) to adhere the fabric to your puzzle piece.
4) String Abstraction
With colored yarn or other string or ribbon, start on any part of the puzzle piece and glue down as you go. Embellish with buttons or notions, or string beads onto the yarn. Allow to dry completely before hanging.
5) Button Path
Draw a set of lines to follow either abstract or in a line drawing. Use clear buttons, tiles or other colored objects to follow the path filling in solid areas where desired. If hanging with other pieces, take care not to go over the edges. This is a great eye-hand fine motor skill coordination activity and it makes a beautiful mosaic when finished. –also great for group projects.