Map Artwork Instructions

 

Bringing together the strong graphic style of a map and a subtle drawing of a face makes memorable art project.

 

Color pencil and ink on map  -  'Viby Holme' -  4 x 5 in.  -  by Anna-Lise of She's in the Studio

How to make Map Art project

First select a map. This map is from a Danish phonebook. (I was inspired by the colors and graphics) The next step is to mount the map because the paper is very thin and not durable enough for drawing.

Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the finished artwork. ( 4 x 5 inches for this project) A quick coat of white acrylic paint will make the colors look brighter if the map paper is very thin. If you use a map with thicker paper, you can skip this step.

Glue the map to cardboard using a glue that will not leave the paper winkled when its dry.( decoupage, scrapbooking or archival glue) Examine the surface, smooth away wrinkles and gently wipe away any glue on the surface to make drawing easier. Trim excess paper.

The paper needs to be totally dry before using the color pencils or ink. To speed up drying time use a hair dryer on low over the front and back.

The paper needs to be totally dry before using the color pencils or ink. To speed up drying time use a hair dryer on low over the front and back.

Now the map and its cardboard support is dry and ready to go. Look at the patterns in the map for ways to fit a face or features. if you are having trouble finding where to place it, lay tracing paper over the map and sketch out some possibilities.  

Anchor a least one of the face's features using the the map's graphics. ( right eye is using a street, tip of nose is a dividing road, part of lips using gridlines, left side of hair is a highway)

Bring out the colors of the map to shape the face and keep your pencil color choices limited to what is used on map except for one accent color. Limiting the design to the map colors makes it look like it is part of the map and your art is 'growing' out of it. One accent color gives the 'pop' and directs where the eyes land.

A soft white color pencil helps to build a feeling of dimension and shape. Use a ultra fine tip pen or marker to weave some detail of the face and hair into the streets on the map.

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