Shakespeare drawing and diy jigsaw art

De Atramentis inks, Shakespeare, galleryjuana
De Atramentis inks, Shakespeare

In honour of 400 years of Shakespeare, I drew his portrait and added a Lady Macbeth quote. I used De Atramentis inks in Fuchsia, Yellow, Turquoise and mixed colors.

I decided to send this out as mail art, but the size was to large to send unfolded. I got the fun idea to make the Shakespeare drawing into a jigsaw puzzle.

art jigsaw wip

To reinforce the drawing, I added Con-Tac paper to the back of it, then turned it over and rubbed out any air bubbles.

art jigsaw pieces, galleryjuana
art jigsaw pieces

Next I cut the reinforced drawing into random shaped pieces to make it into a jigsaw puzzle.

This was my first time to make an art jigsaw puzzle, and it was fun to make. Since it's going through the mail, in order to keep down postage cost, I wouldn't want it to be any thicker or heavier. If this were a gift (where cost is not an issue), I'd probably use a thicker and sturdier backing to reinforce the drawing.

This would be a great diy project for kids too. You could use clear contact paper to cover front and back of the drawing to make the pieces easy to wipe clean.

I will definitely be doing more of these diy art jigsaw puzzles to send to friends and family.

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  1. What a wonderful portrait of the bard! Neat idea to turn it into a puzzle.

  2. This is such a wonderful portrait! I love it how you integrated the yellow and I love the technique how you drew the collar! It's a funny idea to make jigsaw art!

  3. Great likeness of Shakespeare and very creative approach ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  4. what a great portrait!! the lines add so much movement and really make the image "pop"!!

  5. The ornamental pen design was the perfect technique for your portrait of Shakespeare. I love the idea of turning it into a puzzle for mailing purposes too. Blessings!

  6. Great drawing! And what a wonderful idea to turn it into a puzzle! I really have to try this with my daughter. Might be a great idea for a Mother's or Father's day present. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Oh what an unusual and clever ink drawing with the quote, and a great idea to turn it into a jigsaw puzzle. It would be fun to get a birthday card that you had to put together.

  8. Terrific drawing, and such a fun idea!

  9. I absolutely love your Shakespeare drawing/puzzle. Brilliant idea! :)

  10. What FUN and a terrific idea to make this into a puzzle, and send it!! Your drawing is terrific, always, I love your use of color, and how your make marks & lines. :) Happy Days ((HUGS))


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