Prompt60 #38: Making Maps

"Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks."
Warren Buffett

This prompt is all about maps.

Hanna created a map using her word of the year "writing" as the theme. It started with a watercolor background and then details with watercolours, pencil and ink. Hanna then wrote the names of the places on this landscape, also known as Writing Country. You can find more details about this particular map at Hanna's blog

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Quinn created this map in a 5.5 x 8.5" Strathmore 500 Series Mixed-Media journal with 90-lb paper. Per Quinn, "This is a map I did from the Route from Phoenix to Tucson. This was a motorcycle trip, and we went down one way and returned another. The map is not to scale, but rather captures interesting sites (and sights) along the way. It’s done with Pitt Pen and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, which I just used as color pencils. There may well be some Caran D’Ache Neocolor in it, too. I generally work on maps on the trip, in hotel rooms, or, if I’m eating alone, at a restaurant, from travel notes."

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My then 14 yr old daughter created this imaginary floor plan with gelly rolls and colored pencils on a 3x5" index card as part of the 2014 index-card-a-day challenge.

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. (1906 - 1913). Sheet No. 3. [Includes Sailor's Snug Harbor (Port Richmond), New Brighton, Staten Island Rapid Railroad, New York & New Jersey Boundary Line, part of Bayonne, N.J.] Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-6281-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. (1906 - 1913). Sheet No. 3. [Includes Sailor's Snug Harbor (Port Richmond), New Brighton, Staten Island Rapid Railroad, New York & New Jersey Boundary Line, part of Bayonne, N.J.] Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-6281-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

A beautiful map dated 1906. "Relief shown by contours. Depths shown by soundings and bathymetric contours."

I drew this map of our side garden in a 5x8" watercolor moleskine journal with a birds-eye-view or helicopter perspective. The garden is near and dear to my heart because I designed it and decided which plants go in which spots and then my husband, the kids and I planted all but the trees. That was 10 years ago and it is now sadly quite overgrown and needs love, care & pruning. But that will have to wait. First I drew the major landmarks in this long, narrow space - the trees, wooden bench, retaining wall, bricked area, flagstone path. Then the shrubs and other structures. I gave the garden texture by writing about each area - the bald cyprus that Kimba almost destroyed in her youth, the failed upside-down tomato garden, etc. I ran out of space before writing everything I'd planned! I'll probably paint this when I am up and around, but for now it's a B&W sketch.

So what's the prompt?

Create your own map. Make it part of your art journal. If you create the map on a separate sheet of paper, you  know the drill - tape, staple or glue the map {or any part thereof} into your journal. 

The topic of the map is anything you wish, real or imaginary. You could create a map of an imaginary city or island where you would go to live as an artist or a map of the setting for last night's dream. 

Go to the Prompt60 Index.