Use watercolour paper if you plan on adding colour to your artwork using paints.
Use printer paper if you plan on adding colour to your artwork using pastels, markers or pencil crayons.
To simplify assembly at the end of the project, number the back of each “puzzle piece” in order from one to nine, from top to bottom. This will allow for easy reassembling in Step 6! Next, flip over the assembled papers so that they are facing blank side up.
Draw your image over your canvas (papers), ensuring it covers all nine pieces of the puzzle. We’ve drawn tulips but you can draw anything!
Not sure what to draw? Try abstract shapes and lines.
Turn your artwork over and untape each of the pieces, leaving you with nine separate puzzle pieces once again. Hand out one puzzle piece to each participant for them to colour in with pencil crayons, markers, pastels or paints.
For a more cohesive final artwork, select 4 to 5 different colours for residents to choose from.
Once coloured, collect each finished puzzle piece and reassemble them 3×3, in order, to create your final artwork.
When dry, flip each puzzle piece over, image-down, and ensure they are ordered correctly using the numbers listed on the back. Once the pieces are all placed in the corresponding order, connect them together using tape. Securely tape them together along the edges.
As a finishing touch, place your finished puzzle piece artwork in a frame. Display your artwork in a common area of your senior living community for all residents, staff and visitors to see and admire!