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From Puzzle Pieces to a Masterpiece

What To Do After You’ve Finished A Puzzle

Puzzles are painstaking, meticulous and often impermanent but they do not have to be. If you have been puzzled in the past by what to do with your puzzle after it is finished, look no further!

Materials:
Puzzle
Tri-Art Polymer Medium
Liquid Glass Pouring Medium/Resin
Substrate: Tri-Art’s Alu Panel, Alu Cradle, Bamboo Panel (Note: Use same size as puzzle)
Palette Knife and Fine-haired Paint Brush

Tri-Art Finest Quality Polymer Medium & Liquid Glass Pouring Medium/ Resin.

Tri-Art Substrates: Bamboo Panel and Alu Panels.

STEP 1

After finishing your puzzle, use an acrylic medium to adhere the pieces together. For this, we recommend using an acrylic medium like our Polymer Medium. Brush it onto both sides of the puzzle. Each side will take about an hour to dry.

STEP 2

Find your substrate and adhere your puzzle to it. There are a multitude of surfaces you can use for this, we recommend using Tri-Art’s hard Bamboo Panel or Alu Panels or Alu Cradles. We used one of our 12×12” cradled Alu Panels because it had the same dimensions as the puzzle itself. You can adhere the puzzle to your surface by brushing the Polymer medium onto your substrate, then applying your puzzle on top of the surface. Wait approximately 1 hour for the puzzle to fuse to your substrate before proceeding to Step 3.

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Apply Polymer Medium to substrate surface.

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Spread evenly across entire surface with fine-haired brush.

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Lay puzzle on top of substrate, gently aligning sides.

STEP 3

As a final touch (and for additional adhesion and gloss finish), apply a coat of Liquid Glass Medium/Resin. This will give your puzzle a saturated, glass-like finish. Before pouring the Liquid Glass Medium, it is best to tape the sides of your substrate with masking tape as protection from dripping. Pour the Liquid Glass Medium directly onto your substrate and spread it across the surface area. You can do so through physically tilting your piece and allowing the Liquid Glass Medium to gradually spread across the full surface or you can use an acrylic tool like a palette knife. Pop any air bubbles before leaving it to set. If you see any imperfections in the pouring process, you can add small drops of Liquid Glass over top of the divots. These will self-level but you can also continue to use an acrylic tool to help smooth the surface. 

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Example demonstrates using a palette knife to spread the Liquid Glass Medium/ Resin

STEP 4

Allow the Liquid Glass Medium/Resin to cure at room temperature for at least 24 hours (drying time can vary for this depending on how thick the Liquid Glass has been applied and the humidity of the room). Ensure that your substrate is level to avoid pooling and sagging of the medium. (Optional: Cover with box to keep surface clean and free of dust and particulate being embedded.)

Now your masterpiece is ready to hang!

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Decorative Art Plates

Create your own boldly decorative, graphic plates for display using Tri-Art Paint Markers and Liquid Glass Pouring Colours. These designs are based on some retro fabric patterns. What is old is new in this case.

2 plates on wall

Materials:
Tri-Art Paint Markers
Liquid Glass Pouring Colours
Pencil and eraser
Optional: cut shapes to trace onto the plate

Plates. These must have a matte finish. These are Dollar store finds.

paint markes and prep materials

STEP 1

Create your pattern. This may be done by cutting our shapes and tracing with pencil onto the plate or drawing your shapes and patterns directly onto the plate. The matte finish should allow for using an eraser to correct errors or for making refinements.

pencil drawing of retro design

STEP 2

Use the Fine Paint Marker to paint the lines or to create patterns and designs within the shapes.

finished patterns on plate
adding colour with Liquid Glass

STEP 3

Allow the paint to dry. (10-20) minutes.
Erase any pencil lines that are not needed. Be sure the paint is dry before erasing. If not, the paint will rub off. Once dry add colour using Liquid Glass. This may be painted using a brush, poured on and tilted to direct or by  dipping the plate.

Adding Liquid Glass to finish shapes

OPTION: Leave the pencil marks and cover pattern with Liquid Glass Pouring Resin. This is shown in the plate on the right.

Three plates with hand painted design

OPTION:

Mix a custom colour. Put into a bowl or tray. Dip the edge of the plate into the paint. Tilt and rotate the plate to accentuate the dripping movement.

2 plates on wall

Display your graphic works!