Map Love Madness No. 2

“Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me,
I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Maps of my imagination, of cities where grids are few and the streets follow the natural geography of hills and rivers. 

EXPERIMENT #1: frisket + acrylic paint

5x8" sketch moleskine (off-white paper, slightly rigid)

Made lines in frisket (this particular frisket is blue) and painted with golden fluid acrylics.

after removing frisket

Acrylic:  After peeling off the frisket, nice sharp map-like lines with vivid color. But I didn't enjoy painting on this paper. I don't know why. There might be a coating that benefits the paper for drawing but detracts for painting.


EXPERIMENT #2: frisket + watercolor paint

Continuing in the 5x8" sketch moleskine; more lines in frisket, then painted with watercolors.

Here's how it looks before the frisket was removed.

After removing some of the frisket.

Watercolor. It was WORK to paint these pages. The paint initially beads. The paint just doesn't flow off the brush. {FYI: One of my lovely readers commented last post that guauche works wonderfully in these sketch journals.} It's easy peasy to peel off frisket - I made a 40 second video of what it's like to peel off the frisket from a watercolor mandala. Found an interesting review of various moleskine papers (honest, sincere, methodical): Sketching With a Moleskine by Russell Stutler.

 Jill Berry's book Personal Geographies has sparked this wild obsession with inventing maps. I see maps in my mind. Drawing maps, painting maps, stitching maps, collaging maps! There is something that appeals to both the analytical and the creative in me. Do you have any insight about being "drawn" to making maps?

I've added Personal Geographies and Journal Junkies Workshop to the growing list of books I highly and emphatically recommend in Art Journaling 101.