Posts Tagged ‘maps’

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.


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!