Hope you’ve had a great weekend. I’ve spent it entering my first competition for kickboxing and was so pleased I won my category!
Back in July I saw an awesome picture of a map and decided it was something I wanted to create. I wouldn’t say I was the artiest of people but I thought with Christmas around the corner I’d share some of the crafty bits I’ve been doing. I think these type of things make great gifts and people appreciate the effort. I recently made my brother one for his birthday!
The first thing I did was google and print out a tone of pictures of maps I liked! The next task was to draw a grid on it. As I’m not the best drawer is I do it by a grid I find it easier as you only have to focus on getting the detail in one square at a time and I find it easier to scale it up accurately.
After drawing the grid on the printout I drew a grid on the piece of paper. I’d suggest making sure you paper is standard frame size and fitting the scaling and grid to that size or it can make framing difficult.
After drawing the grid I started to draw the map. By only having on square to focus on at a time it made it much easier to recreate the map accurately. I drew it lightly in pencil then rubbed out all the grid lines to prepare to paint.
I opted for water colours for this project. I love the way you can fade the colours and think it works better for this style.
For mine I chose to do pastel colours with more intensity at the edges. When I did a version of it for my brother birthday I went with brighter colours. I love doing this and losing myself concentrating on it project. It’s so easy to do and leaves amazing results. It can be totally personalised for the person!
For mine I opted for a personalised quote but chose to leave my brothers plain.
Do you get crafty with gifts? Would you try this?