Posts Tagged ‘mapmaking’

with a willingness to be changed by what we hear”-Mark Nepo. This is a page from my altered map book journal. The page started with a black and white copy of a map I made of my hand, then collage elements and a rough border were laid in on top of the illustration. Watercolor provides a unifying burnt yellow and the quote, shrine and bird pictures are all from magazines or junk mail. This is the first page in this book and I covered it for protection with an old piece of brown wax paper which was pulled back for the photo. I like using evocative quotes culled from reading material and already printed, ready to glue into the page. I also rubber stamp and hand write quotes that seem appropriate for the day that aren’t pre-printed. I believe this is the second page I’ve shared from this altered map journal, I continue to work into it frequently but it takes time to move through it because everything has to dry properly before moving on.

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In my art journaling workshop for seniors we make a map, and often choose to map our own hands. I made this map several weeks ago on white 12×12 scrapbook paper and included junk mail cut outs, drawing, watercolors and random journaling for that day. The frame around the earth image was rubbed with crayon. I find maps relaxing and fun to do and try to map something several times a month. Personal Geographies, the new mixed media book by Jill K. Berry is quite an inspiration to those who love maps or want to experience making their own. Check it out!