An Artist Interview with… Tim Bulmer!

We asked Tim Bulmer, a UK based artist, a few questions about his artwork!

We have just released a fantastic range of county map jigsaw puzzles! Featuring the wonderful artwork from Tim Bulmer!

So without further ado, here is our interview with Tim so we could find out more about him…

  1. We would love to learn more about you! Tell us a little bit about yourself, Tim.

    I was born in 1958 in Northumberland and was sent away to school, which in the 60’s and 70’s was a rather cruel environment. Then I lived in North Yorkshire before going off to art school firstly Tees Side and then Wimbledon School Of Art to study Theatre Design of all things. I did work in the theatre, briefly, but that was to shift scenery and make the lights work.

    I was lucky to be offered a job in a brand new picture framing company called Frame Express where we were expected to frame the customers’ pictures in under the hour. Very stressful! My next place of work was Forest Gallery in Guildford where I was supposed to be a sales person – but I was useless – so I concentrated on mounting up the work instead and would doodle on the table tops. Rather than fire me they put frames around the doodles and my career as a cartoonist had started.

    Kent Jigsaw Puzzle by Tim Bulmer
    Comical Map of Kent by Tim Bulmer

  2. What inspired you to become an artist?

    Life in general! It wasn’t intended to be anything that sold necessarily. Schooldays could be fairly grim – all those cold baths and running up fells. Drawing just kept me sane. I spent all my time in the art department which may not have impressed the authorities but I loved it. After that I just never really stopped. It was others who saw the merit in it-I didn’t show it to anybody as such. I think the word is serendipity but don’t quote me on that-I’m not even sure I can spell it!

  3. When did you start drawing your fantastic images?

    The first fuss I seem to recall made over my drawings was as a six year old at my local Primary School in South Yorkshire (our first family home) I can’t recall what it looked it like exactly but I seem to recollect trees and beehives. All very surreal – I don’t know what it was they must have been feeding us in those days. The cartoons grew from that point I suppose. When people show encouragement you don’t tend to stop and however hard they try stop you in the future you refuse to give up. A useful lesson all round!

  4. We love the comical map range, what inspired you to draw them?

    Living in Yorkshire I simply wanted to come up with an image that said (funnily enough)”YORKSHIRE” – they are extremely proud of their county up there and of course one can end up well and truly covered in egg. I didn’t really do anything with it though and it lived in my plan chest for about ten years. It was only after being commissioned to illustrate a book about Yorkshire that I got it out and turned it into a poster to go in the back of the book. It went down like a plate of Fat Rascals (that’s good by the way) and I was asked to try another map, then another and another…….

    Yorkshire County Map by Tim Bulmer

    Comical Map of Yorkshire by Tim Bulmer

  5. What is your favourite subject to draw?

I love doing maps – the research – the plotting out – all the daft and/or interesting facts- the rough sketch ,tidying it all up into an attractive entity. The accuracy isn’t great, don’t whatever you do try to navigate your way round the country using my maps. It is a long old process but by the time I am three quarters of the way through one map I am already thinking of the next!

Thank you, Tim 🙂

You can find Tim’s fantastic comical map jigsaw puzzles here.

Chaos at Christmas Lunch Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Offer!

Amazing Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Offer

Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

You really can’t miss out on this Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle offer. Spend just £40 and get our very popular Chaos at Christmas Lunch 1000 piece puzzle FREE!

Spend £40 and get Chaos at Christmas Lunch FREE!

Happy 1st December puzzle fans! It’s the time of year where all the Christmas decorations come out and the nights are crisp and cold. What better way to spend the evenings leading up to Christmas than to sit by the Christmas tree and enjoy your favourite Jigsaw Puzzles. Looking for more puzzles to add to your collection? Well we’ve got some exciting news… Get the hilarious Chaos at Christmas Lunch 1000 piece puzzle FREE when you spend over £40! What a festive treat!

This offer ends on Wednesday 6th December at 9am, so don’t miss out.

Plus get Free Standard Delivery when you spend just £15.

Chaos at Christmas Lunch 1000 or 500 Piece Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

Chaos at Christmas Lunch 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

£9.99 – £12.99 or FREE when you spend £40 – For a limited time only.

Get this fantastically festive and hilarious 2017 Chaos at Christmas Lunch jigsaw puzzle for FREE when you spend £40!

Christmas lunch tends not to go as planned in most households, however in this chaotic scene it really has gone awry. Santa has had a bit too much to drink and is hiding behind the Xmas tree, the dog has tucked in to the turkey and the kids have wisely decided to order a takeaway.  And that’s only the half of it! A very funny Chaos puzzle to add to your collection.

View this puzzle here!

Want to find our full collection of Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles? From Wasgij to Jan van Haasteren, scenic and animal themed, there’s a Christmas puzzle for everyone on our website! Get your fix of Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles here.

Don’t forget, we’re also currently giving 25% off our Personalised Puzzles

Personalised Puzzles

Don’t forget! Our Personalised Puzzles are currently 25% off! This offer ends on Wednesday 6th December, 2017 at midnight.
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Exclusive and New Jigsaw Puzzles from AJP!

Exclusive, Fascinating and New Jigsaw Puzzles from All Jigsaw Puzzles!

Looking for some new jigsaw puzzles? Here at All Jigsaw Puzzles we are very lucky to be able to create our own range of Jigsaw Puzzles and work with fantastic artists along the way.

Our artwork comes from a variety of talented artists, such as Michael Durkan, Ricardo Galvao, Mike Jupp, Gill Erskine Hill and more. They all bring completely different designs to the table that we really love! See our latest designs below, we hope you will enjoy them just as much as we do.

Chaos at Christmas Tree Farm 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles New Jigsaw Puzzles

Chaos at Christmas Tree Farm 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

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Brand New Jigsaw Puzzles for 2017! A yeti has been mistaken as a Christmas tree and a giant snowball containing a skier is heading straight for the yard! Meanwhile, Christmas trees are for sale at 2 for the price of 10 and a couple of beavers are escaping with a tree trunk! We think you’ll love this festive puzzle.
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Chaos at Christmas Lunch 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles New Jigsaw Puzzles

Chaos at Christmas Lunch 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles
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BRAND NEW Jigsaw Puzzles for 2017! In this chaotic scene, the Christmas lunch has really gone awry! The kids have opted for a takeaway pizza over mum’s home cooking, Santa is drunk and hiding behind the Christmas tree, and most of the guests are glued to their smart phones! This hilarious puzzle will provide fantastic entertainment this Christmas! You will really enjoy piecing this puzzle together.
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The Christmas Scramble by Mike Jupp 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

The Christmas Scramble by Mike Jupp 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
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Rudolph is all ready to go and has even put twinkly Christmas lights on his antlers, but he looks a little worried about the crowd charging towards him! The elves are trying to get out before the Santas reach the sleigh and have dropped their presents and their Christmas pud… oh, and it looks like Rudolph has dropped something unfortunate too!

**FANTASTIC OFFER! Spend over £25 on our store and you can get ‘The Christmas Scramble’ HALF PRICE!** Simply add The Christmas Scramble plus £25 worth of any other puzzles on our website! Offer ends 10th November 2017. – View

Find even more fascinating puzzles on our website from fantastic artists. Visit the website here.

All Jigsaw Puzzles EXCLUSIVE Collections

Catch our exclusive Jigsaw Puzzle collections! From colourful cottages to awesome aerials, we think you will really enjoy these wonderful collections.

In our special collections page, you will find our well loved Ambler and Chaos puzzles, vivid colourful cottage scenes and even some famous works of art! In this blog, we have shown examples from our various collections.

Read on to see what you can find…

Cottage Collection

These NEW bright and bold puzzles are illustrated by Gerald Newton, known for his use of striking colour within his creative designs.

Cats In A Cottage Garden 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Cats in a Cottage Garden 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These cats are enjoying the warm weather in the cottage garden, along with wildlife friends and the garden gnome! Click here to view

Click here to view the full Colourful Cottage Gardens collection

Chaos Collection

The name describes these puzzles perfectly! Scenes of pure Chaos unfold within these hilarious Jigsaw Puzzles! The artist, Ricardo Galvao, is based in Portugal and created his Chaos Jigsaw Puzzle designs in 2015.

Chaos at the Village Fair 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Chaos at the Village Fair 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Not your average Village Fair! This amazing illustration is full of mayhem and will certainly keep you entertained. Click here to view.

Ambler Collection

The wonderful Ambler puzzles are the creations from Artist Michael Durkan. As many fans will know, in these drawings you will find trademark characters, including the Grim Reaper, a mole and the Ambler himself! See if you can spot them…

Life on Mars – Ambler Cartoon Collection 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Life on Mars - Ambler Cartoon Collection 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

As David Bowie once sang, is there life on Mars? In this Jigsaw Puzzle it seems the human race has set up camp and have brought along one or two things from Earth… Such as a Giraffe! Click here to view.

Landmarks Collection

In our landmarks collection you will find a selection of well known and treasured landmarks from around the globe. Have you visited any of these well known sites?

Tower of London 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Tower of London 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

An iconic landmark that we all know! In this scene, a flurry of visitors surround the tower and enjoy it’s beautiful architecture. Even with a dramatic grey sky, it is a wonderful sight to behold! Click here to view.

Awesome Aerials Collection

These awe-inspiring aerial shots include amazing detail that make puzzling it together a fantastic challenge! These stunning images show well known cities and landscapes from countries across the world from a birdseye view…

Tulip Fields, Netherlands 500 Piece Awesome Aerial Jigsaw Puzzle

Tulip Fields, Netherlands 500 Piece Awesome Aerial Jigsaw Puzzle

Just look at those spectacular colours! An amazing image of Tulip fields in the Netherlands in perfect rows. A great challenge to put together.
Click here to view.

The Artists Collection

Piece together amazing peices of Art, from the likes of Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt.

The Scream by Edvard Munch 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

The Scream by Edvard Munch 1000 or 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

The Scream is a well known piece of art that sits in the national gallery in Oslo. Now you can piece it together! Click here to view.