Ryoko Meditating Skeleton by Artifact

“Meditating Skeleton” by Ryoko, from Artifact. Super fun! I really liked the irregular border. The base puzzle shape was a skull, with little heart-shaped bone socket connectors. I’ve had this puzzle since April 2022, and just hadn’t gotten around to it, but I’m so glad I finally did. The back makes me think very much […]
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Mondrian, Composition with Grid 2 (1915), Artifact

This 153 piece Artifact puzzle is, unsurprisingly, a lot harder than the number of pieces would suggest. Mondrian‘s “Composition with Grid 2” is basically about 80 rectangles in various shades of blue-grey and brown-grey, over the eponymous blue grid … I really liked it. … The Artifact description calls this “calming blue”. If you look […]
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Two Cats by Yuri Gorbachev

Ash and I pushed through “Two Cats” by Yuri Gorbachev, an Artifact puzzle cut by David Figueras with 314 pieces. Super satisfying and fun! Loved the border, and the general diagonal layout, and enjoyed the whimsies. Look at the matryoshka dolls whimsies! I got it through Hoefnagel with the Owl Internet Cafe. Artifact description: This […]
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Internet Owl Cafe, Artifact

Coincidentally, just after doing the Paris Map, I got a Hoefnagel package with another VladStudio illustration! This also came with one of the lovely little Hoefnagel surprises — Mardi Gras beads from the previous puzzler! Awww…. Anyway, the black/white/blue color scheme made this puzzle a bit more challenging than one would expect. Plus, the protrusions […]
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Vladstudio Paris Map, Artifact

Really fun map puzzle – greatly enjoyed the border cut (the fleur-de-lis on the four corners, and the variable patterned border on the sides). I also liked the generally swirly nature of the pieces. Not a lot of whimsies, but I enjoyed the two-piece Toulouse-Lautrec style cat — I was puzzled by the bottom part […]
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Outsider Insider

Artifact Puzzles “Outsider Insider” by Patricio Betteo. 409 pieces, puzzle design by Jim Muller and Kathryn Flocken. Hoefnagel! Really colorful and fun. Harder than I would have thought, due to the geometric cuts and the geometric lines, or maybe due to covid brain. Anyway, fun!
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Ochiai Rofu, “Kyoto Four Scenes”

Thanks to the Hoefnagel Club, I got this challenging quadriptych (I had to look that up) of “Kyoto Four Scenes“, from Artifact Puzzles (Ecru line). Puzzling: The individual puzzles hang together pretty well once assembled, but until all the pieces are in, there’s lots of slipping and sliding and holding together. The colors are distinguishable, […]
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Hasui Nocturne

From Artifact Puzzles, “Nocturne” by Kawase Hasui; originally a mystery puzzle. Tesselating fish with a beautiful engraving of a carp on the back. Pleasantly challenging and requiring of some focused attention.
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Nadiezda “Night Ship”

Artifact Puzzles: Nadiezda’s “Night Ship” Ash and I did this one today, finishing it up after starting it last week. Lots of beautiful whimsies! This is a 283 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of a gorgeous image by Mexican artist Nadiezda. The puzzle design is by Kathryn Flocken, and includes numerous sea whimsy pieces with shapes […]
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Valentin Rekunenko “Swordfight”

This one was reasonably challenging — took a bit to get one’s eyes used to the contrasts between the puzzle pieces and the different frames, some parallel and some at angles with each other. The basic puzzle shape was a variation of the standard puzzle piece design, but with little tweaks — rounder and squarer […]
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Tomasz Pietrzyk “Clocks”

Jan. 21, 2023 So pretty! Hard to choose which side to work on because they’re both really lovely to look at. Luckily, you don’t have to — you can work on a chunk, and then flip it if necessary. Ash and I did this one together, in about 90 minutes or less. Not very difficult, […]
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Diego Mazzeo “Mechanical Griffin”

Ash and moms did this in Spring/Summer 2022. Really fun, with a fun extra-whimsical whimsy.207-pieces, Artifact Puzzles. Artifact: “This is a cool 207 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of Argentinian artist Diego Mazzeo’s steampunk digital artwork. Our puzzle pieces are themed to the artwork with steampunk whimsy pieces and an irregular gear-shaped edge (which cuts out […]
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Dragon Moon

This description is absolutely correct — the baying-wolf cut pieces are crazy! But it was fun and intricate. Completed some time in late spring, early summer 2022. Artifact 258-piece puzzle: 11″x15″ “This is a 258 wooden jigsaw puzzle of “Dragon Moon” by Methane Studios. The stark beauty of the art is paired with a puzzle […]
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Bruce Riley, Stem Cell

Another June 5 puzzle that A and I did together. Artifact Puzzles, “Stem Cell” by Bruce Riley. Pretty image! Artifact description: This is a 191 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of Bruce Riley’s painting “Stem Cell”. Designed by Tara Flannery, the themed whimsies and miniature hexagonal connectors coupled with psychedelic colors and abstract shapes make for […]
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Alfredo Arraguin “Jaguars”

This puzzle was … so hard. As it turns out, it was hard (in part) because it was a diptych — two sides of a puzzle — but they had printed the left side twice. So, one of the tricks of the puzzle is that the right-side puzzle mirrors the left-side puzzle in piece shape. […]
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