Pieces of Me: A Mixed Media Project

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Recently I’ve been feeling a little introspective and spending a lot of time contemplating… myself really.  It’s nothing major and it’s probably all part of some kind of mid-life reevaluation (sounds better than crisis).  I’ve been trying to make time each day to slow down a little bit and spend time doing something just for me.  I’ve been knitting and art journaling, playing games with my family, going on walks and just sitting on the couch and watching tv.

A few days ago I saw an altered art puzzle piece on Instagram and it really intrigued me.  I did some research and it was part of an altered art puzzle piece swap. I fell in love with the idea and while I wasn’t really sure I could do a puzzle piece swap, I did have some ideas floating around my head about how I could use puzzle pieces.  I decided to google around just to see where one would even get blank puzzle pieces and I found these on Amazon.  As soon as I saw them, I knew right away that I wanted to create an art hanging for my office with them.  I decided to randomly draw a puzzle piece out of the box *mostly* every day and use it for a daily mixed media project.  Each day I am going to try to focus on something that I love or appreciate.  I have absolutely no idea how it will look, but each puzzle piece will have a different piece of “me” on it.

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White 63 Piece NUMBERED Wedding Guest Book Puzzle (White)

puzzle-pieces_numberdgesso_pieceThere were a few different puzzle sizes and I really considered starting with a 30 piece puzzle but I ultimately decided to try the 63 piece puzzle first.  Now that I’ve written that, I’m trying to remember why I thought starting with the 63 piece would be better and I really can’t remember.  I actually kinda think maybe the 30 piece would have been better to start with… LOL  Maybe my first puzzle piece should reflect my indecisiveness.

If all goes well, I might try to take on the 104 piece puzzle next.  I think something like that would be a really fun way to document our summer and something I would really enjoy doing with Zoe.  But for now, I’m going to focus on the next couple months and see how this goes!

Each puzzle piece is already numbered on the back which is super awesome and will make putting the puzzle together so.much.easier! LOL  Today’s piece is #29.  I slapped some gesso on it and let it dry and then busted out my paints and got to work.

wordstripWhile the gesso was drying, I started digging through my stash and I found this word strip in a pack of die cuts.  It seemed kind of perfect for the first piece in the project!  I really had no idea where to start so I just kind of started.  It became obvious pretty quickly that I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and to be totally honest, I’m not sure that I super love this puzzle piece.  LOL

But it definitely is what it is and I think the lesson I learned today is that it may not be perfect, but it is definitely good enough.  Not only is this is one puzzle piece out of many, I may not be able to appreciate it’s true beauty until I can step back and view it as part of the whole.  And that is a lesson I think I can try to apply to many other areas in my life.

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Tomorrow I will focus on not over-thinking things too much and just seeing where I end up going.  Also- simpler is probably better.

I am pretty sure I will not be able to blog every piece but I am almost positive I will Instagram them as I make them! If you want to follow along, my Instagram account is ziggle!  And I will try to come back every once in a while and post an update on my blog about my progress.  And I should really probably look in to creating a puzzle piece about indecisiveness…  I’m actually really excited about this “journey” I am embarking on.  I’m curious to see how the puzzle turns out in the end but I’m even more curious to see how I turn out in the end.

 


 

 

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  1. I know I would have a hard time starting a project like this … I’m not very artistic; I’m better at following someone else’s instructions (& changing it up a bit) rather than creating from scratch on my own (like following a recipe, using a template or scraplifting).
    Kami – this is a wonderful project! Instead of a picture/project broken down into pieces – it’s individual projects/creations coming together to make a whole unique picture. I love that each individual piece is created separately. I’d love to see your finished puzzle; all the pieces put together.

  2. You can do it Pam! It actually is better to not over think it and to go simple because the puzzle pieces are so small. I can try to blog about my puzzle pieces too with some ideas of what I did. You can also look on Pinterest for ideas! I love Pinterest! There is so much inspiration up there!

  3. I love Pinterest, too … but it sucks me in & I spend way too much time there! :P

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