There is no perfect time to play a jigsaw puzzle. No matter what age you are, you can still benefit from playing a jigsaw puzzle. If you are just getting started with playing a jigsaw puzzle or you are considering playing it, you are in the right place. This article gives you an ultimate guide that can help you play a jigsaw puzzle like a pro even if you are a newbie.
Jigsaw puzzles have become very popular, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which made outdoor activities minimal. Since many people have been spending much time indoors, many of them have had to find ways to have fun moments even if they are confined in their homes, and most of them turned to jigsaw puzzles.
With that said, let’s give you beginner tips and tricks that can help you play jigsaw puzzles like a pro.
- Know the right size jigsaw puzzle to start with
Usually, for adults, a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle is a perfect place to start. You can then upgrade to more challenging [750 and 1000 piece] jigsaws. The 500 piece is ideal as it is not that overwhelming and intimidating for a beginner to tackle.
- Choose the right brand
There are plenty of jigsaw puzzle brands to choose from. Some brands are more popular than others. You need to choose a brand that has pieces that are large enough to grasp well and hold. That is, if you will be playing the jigsaw puzzle on a puzzle board. The pieces should also be robust enough so that they don’t bend or break. And you can only get such pieces from a reputable jigsaw puzzle brand.
- Sort out the suitable space for playing your jigsaw puzzle
Your jigsaw puzzle workspace is critical. Do you have a room where you will permanently set up your jigsaw? Or are you planning to work in a shared room, meaning your puzzle may be removed? Your jigsaw puzzle workspace may include 8 portable boards, cases, tables, roll-up mats, etc.
- Start your first jigsaw puzzle
Now that you have chosen the right jigsaw puzzle and sort out your space for doing your jigsaw puzzle, the next exciting step is assembling your jigsaw puzzle. To do the jigsaw puzzle, you need to:
- Separate the corner and edge pieces. This is a crucial step, especially for beginners. It provides a frame that you can work within.
- Flip all other pieces up. This can help you see the colors and patterns. It makes it easier for you to pick pieces out of the box as you do the puzzle.
- Sort the edge pieces by shape. Having the edge pieces grouped by shape will make it easier and faster to put the whole edge together.
- Study the design. This will help you know the artwork since being familiar with the design can help you when searching for particular shapes.
- Fill in the edges. Once the edges are complete, you can start filling in the middle of the pieces inside the frame or boarder you have created.
- Keep it fresh. If you feel worn out, and take longer to find pieces that fit, you need to take a break.