Putting together a Jigsaw puzzle can be delightfully frustrating and Vancouver based artist Tim Klein wants to add in some extra pieces. Yes, Klein practices the obscure art of 'puzzle montage,' taking pieces from various jigsaw puzzle sets and re-arranging them to form a new stunning image.

This puzzle montage practitioner said he was inspired by a 1988 magazine article he read on, whom he credits as, the 'pioneer' of the art form, Mel Andringa.

So how does it work? "Jigsaw puzzle companies tend to use the same cut patterns for multiple puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable. As a result, I sometimes find that I can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined," explained Klein.

While for some this sounds like an impossible undertaking, for this artist it is an adventure: "I take great pleasure in “discovering” such bizarre images lying latent, sometimes for decades, within the pieces of ordinary mass-produced puzzles. As I shift the pieces back and forth, trying different combinations, I feel like an archaeologist unearthing a hidden artifact."

Scroll down below to see some of Klein's masterful puzzle montage art!

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#1 Thaw (Warm Breath On A Winter Window)

Thaw (Warm Breath On A Winter Window)

"Perhaps this montage was too easy! After all, the pieces came from two puzzles showing the same scene. They were Milton Bradley puzzles from the late 1960s, taken from a set of “four seasons” paintings by Paul Detlefsen. (When I show this one in public, I credit it to “Tim Klein, after Paul Detlefsen”.) At the bottom of the “thawed” circle, where green spring meets white winter, the curvature of the puzzle pieces gives a nice melting effect. It's as if you, seeing the winter scene through a window, have breathed upon the glass and magically revealed a glimpse of the warm spring to come"

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Last Hurrah 6 months ago

Pieceful scene.

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#2 Daisy Bindi

Daisy Bindi

"Made from the pieces of two small Springbok puzzles published in 1987, one showing a cat and one showing a basket of flowers."

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Last Hurrah 6 months ago

Rather puzzling!

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#3 Schools (Fishing For Answers)

Schools (Fishing For Answers)

"Made using pieces from two Hallmark puzzles from the 1970s, one showing a comically unsuccessful fisherman, and the other showing the answers to a blank crossword puzzle that was printed on the box. I like the fact that the school at the lower left has "arcana" at its core. (Aristotelian arcana, no less!)"

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Night Owl 6 months ago

I love this one

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#4 Metamorphosis (Unburdening)

Metamorphosis (Unburdening)

"Made from two Springbok puzzles from the early 1980s, one showing a peacock and another showing a maze. The "Start" and "Finish" points of the maze can be seen within the wings"

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Mademoiselle Mirage 6 months ago (edited)

For some reason this one is really hypnotic I simply love it

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#5 Iron Horse

Iron Horse

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Chris Pitch 6 months ago

This train has some serious horse power

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#6 How The West Was Won

How The West Was Won

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Chris Pitch 6 months ago

BULLdozer?

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#7 Waterfall Grille

Waterfall Grille

"Made from two small panoramic Perfect Fit brand puzzles"

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Last Hurrah 6 months ago

Overfilled the coolant a bit.

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#8 The Mercy-Go-Round (Sunshine And Shadow)

The Mercy-Go-Round (Sunshine And Shadow)

"I made this montage by combining a Puzzlebug-brand puzzle showing a church with another one showing a carnival ride. I've been a bit surprised at the wide range of reactions it gets. Some people find it humorous, others find it affirming or joyful, and others see it as blasphemous or insulting."

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Jus 6 months ago

I find it joyful.

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#9 King Of The Road

King Of The Road

"Constructed from two Springbok puzzles from the 1970s."

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Chris Pitch 6 months ago

tootin car man

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#10 The Other Side

The Other Side

"Made from two American Publishing Company puzzles from the 1980s. Most of my puzzle montages are in a single plane, with pieces from the two source puzzles intermixed. But in this one, the coins puzzle is on top of the puzzle containing the eyes, resulting in a two-layered piece. Thus, the eyes look into the viewer's eyes from the other side of a wall of gold"

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Last Hurrah 6 months ago

The eyes of taxes are upon you!

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#11 The Dance Of The Bathroom Cleaning Fairies

The Dance Of The Bathroom Cleaning Fairies

"Made from two Springbok puzzles published in the 1980s."

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Chris Pitch 6 months ago

The ballet was forced to pull the plug on the latest performance

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#12 T' Rainosaurus Rex

T' Rainosaurus Rex

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Chris Pitch 6 months ago

CHEW CHEW

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#13 Pig Jaw Suzzle #2

Pig Jaw Suzzle #2

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Chris Pitch 6 months ago

Oh look, a powl

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#14 White Elephant (Present And Future)

White Elephant (Present And Future)

"Made from pieces of two Springbok puzzles published in 1978 and 1980."

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Tara Trainor 6 months ago

Love that!!!

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#15 Bow Wow

Bow Wow

"A diptych made from two miniature Springbok puzzles published in the 1980s, one showing a dog and one showing a clown saying “Wow!!” The two halves are inverses, each one using all the pieces not used in the other. This pair debuted at the Splendorporium gallery in Portland, Oregon, as part of a circus-themed exhibit"

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Parmeisan 6 months ago

Possibly my favourite. So cool!

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#16 Surrogate

Surrogate

"Made from the pieces of two small Hallmark "greeting card" puzzles from the 1980s."

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Crazy Alchemist 6 months ago

Hugwiser

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#17 Mountain Plantation

Mountain Plantation

"This was the first puzzle montage I ever created, using pieces from two Golden Guild puzzles from the 1980s or '90s. One puzzle showed the mansion at Orton Plantation, located in my boyhood hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. The other puzzle showed Mt. Jefferson, near my current home in the Pacific Northwest."

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Jus 6 months ago

I like it very much. It's so calming.

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#18 Soda Pup

Soda Pup

"Made from two Springbok puzzles from 1979 and 1980."

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Bettye McKee 6 months ago

Is the dog's name Lady?

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#19 The All-Seeing Elephant

The All-Seeing Elephant

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Ruby Brook 6 months ago

Thats a little creepy...

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#20 To Make Much Of Time (Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May)

To Make Much Of Time (Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May)

"Constructed from two Springbok puzzles from the 1990s, one showing a collection of clocks, and another showing Victorian ephemera. I like the way the central clock's hands from the first puzzle happen to parallel the posture of the maiden from the second puzzle. The title is a reference to the 17th century poem "To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick, and the subtitle is the poem's famous first line."

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TheReader19 6 months ago

Don't sleep your life away

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#21 A Modest Proposal For The Increase Of Attendance At Classical Music Concerts

A Modest Proposal For The Increase Of Attendance At Classical Music Concerts

"Made from two Springbok puzzles from the 1980s, one showing a horn and one showing cookies magically flying out of a cookie jar."

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Parmeisan 6 months ago

Aaand, upvoted for the title. Love it.

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#22 Pig Jaw Suzzle #1

Pig Jaw Suzzle #1

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Chris Pitch 6 months ago

Oh look, a pog

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#23 Metamorphosis (Enlightenment)

Metamorphosis (Enlightenment)

"I made this montage out of three square Springbok puzzles published in the early 1970s. One of the puzzles showed a maze. The others were two copies of the same puzzle, showing a large ancient Chinese statue of a bodhisattva named Kuan-Yin. (I'm told that a bodhisattva is loosely the Buddhist equivalent of a saint.) In the original image, the statue rests on a dark rocky pedestal visible all along the bottom edge of the puzzle. I found that although my two copies of the Kuan-Yin puzzle shared the same cut pattern, they had been run through the die cutting machine at right angles to each other. This enabled me to eliminate the pedestal from the image by replacing one Kuan-Yin puzzle's bottom edge with pieces from the left-hand edge of the other Kuan-Yin puzzle! Then, by swapping in pieces from the maze puzzle, I gave Kuan-Yin some butterfly wings. The subtitle "Enlightenment" refers not only to the Buddhist principle of enlightenment, but also to the fact that I've "lightened" a big heavy statue and given her flight."

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Parmeisan 6 months ago

Using two copies of the same puzzle where one of them was rotated. That's really neat.

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#24 Were-Rabbit

Were-Rabbit

"Made from the pieces of two small Puzzlebug brand puzzles, one showing a bunny and one showing a dinosaur under a full moon"

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Bored Fox 6 months ago

The killer bunny from Monty Python: Holy Grail. :)

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#25 The Last Night, By Leonardo Da Vincent

The Last Night, By Leonardo Da Vincent

"Made from two puzzles published by Buffalo Games, one showing The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, and one showing Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. The title is an amalgam of the two original paintings' titles and the names of the two artists. I normally prefer to float-mount my puzzle artworks rather than frame them, but in this case I needed a frame so I could attach a plaque with a caption in very tiny lettering"

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Tim Klein 6 months ago

My web site shows a picture of the caption on the plaque: www.puzzlemontage.com

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#26 Convergence And Emergence (Shall We Dance?)

Convergence And Emergence (Shall We Dance?)

"A diptych made from two Springbok puzzles published in the early 1980s: one showing a peacock, and one showing the solution to a crossword puzzle with a “questions” theme. (The jigsaw puzzle came with a blank crossword puzzle on the box. Solving the crossword would help you complete the jigsaw, and vice versa.) The two halves of the diptych are inverses, each one using all the pieces not used in the other. Click the image above to see more detail. The subtitle Shall We Dance? is taken from one of the crossword answers appearing in the right half, coupled with the question mark from the left half. Each half has its own title. Left: Convergence (Neologism). Right: Emergence (The Words Made Flesh). This made its debut at Gallery 360 in Vancouver, Washington, as part of an exhibit called “Opposites Attract”. Artists were invited to submit works depicting opposing forces in the world."

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Thomas Ewing 6 months ago

Ingenious.

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#27 Sphinx

Sphinx

"Made from three Springbok puzzles published in the late 1970s and early 1980s: one showing a waterfall, one showing a puppy, and one showing a late 19th century Coca-Cola advertisement."

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Happiness is Hippo 6 months ago

This one is my favourite

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#28 Timekeeper

Timekeeper

"Made from two small puzzles in a series called Tower Puzzles, published by Greenbrier International."

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TheReader19 6 months ago

No idea why, but I like this

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#29 Prey

Prey

"Made from two Milton Bradley puzzles that had the same cut pattern, but had been run through the cutting machine rotated 180 degrees with respect to each other. This piece made its debut at Gallery 360 in Vancouver, Washington, as part of an exhibit called “Show Some Emotion”. Most of the other artists' works depicted lovers holding hands, children playing with puppies, etc. And then there was this one. I was the only artist who chose to represent the emotion “mortal terror”."

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FortnitePlayerGirl 6 months ago

This one scared me

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#30 Mirage

Mirage

"Made from two Springbok puzzles from the 1970s, one showing a truck and one showing a maze"

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Elizabeth Butler 5 months ago

That truck was used before

#31 Washington

Washington

"A tribute to my mossy-rocked home state, and the man for whom it's named. Made from two Springbok puzzles from 1979, one showing a Pacific Northwest waterfall, and one showing a fuzzy white puppy whose head happened to be shaped like a certain famous powdered wig."

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#32 World Citizen

World Citizen

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#33 Pareidolia

Pareidolia

"I constructed this montage from the same two 1970s Springbok puzzles that I used in King of the Road, one showing the burial mask of King Tutankhamun, and the other showing a truck. The title Pareidolia is a wonderful word that refers to the psychological phenomenon of perceiving faces or other patterns where there are none."

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