Danielle Does It Herself Δ

HERE IT IS:

an inside scoop at a DIY art project, through the lens of my eyes with special insight as to how to Do It Yourself:

Title: Recycled Map Wall Art 

a gift I made for a close friend; she has a tattoo of the quote from the movie Up, "Adventure is out there" SO I only found this fitting
a gift I made for a close friend; she has a tattoo of the quote from the movie Up, “Adventure is out there” SO I only found this fitting

Supplies:
– wood block
– old map
– coffee *
– sponge
– hair dryer (to dry the maps, not your hair, I know it’s deceiving)
– sketching pencil with an eraser
– fine tip sharpie *
– a letter stencil (font of your choice)
– a ruler
– a steady hand (to draw the un-stenciled words such as “Adventure”
– decoupage
–  paint bush (to paint on the decoupage)
– water and soap (to clean your paint bush after use of course)
– picture frame hook, nails, and hammer (so you can hang your beautiful creation up of course)
– INSPIRATION ! (whether it be the map itself, or the quote you’re using, make it something meaningful to you or the person you’re gifting it to)

the map is of the west side of the nation (Washington and Canada)... my cousin lives in Seattle, WA and always posts pictures of the beautiful surrounding nature and the wonderful surrounding city... I have fallen in love with the city and I have not yet been there
the map is of  Seattle, WA, where my cousin lives and continuously posts pictures of the beautiful surrounding nature and the wonderful surrounding city… I have fallen in love and I have not yet been there

Procedure:
1. Cut wood pallet to size
2. Cut map to size – covering the face and sides of the wood pallet with about an inch of map left to fold over to reverse side
3. Crinkle the map multiple times *
4. Un-crinkle the map (iron on LOW if you please)
5. Using a sponge, or paper towel, or any other method you find fun, apply multiple layers of strong coffee – using the hair dryer to dry the map in-between adding layers
6. Using the pencil/stencil sketch the quote of your desire onto the map, being sure to center it using the ruler
7. Using the paintbrush, apply a thin layer of decoupage onto the wood pallet and set the map on top (making sure that it’s correctly centered) *
8. Position the map back onto the pallet
9. Apply decoupage to the inside of the map edges and fold over to wrap the wood. Let dry. *
10. Using the ruler measure to make sure the quote is positioned to your liking, use your eraser pencil to reposition if desired; then sharpie over the already stenciled on quote/saying/set of numbers/whatever it is
11. Cover top and edges of map with a thin layer of decoupage – this gives the map the shiny, finished look that we all like – skip this step if you like it otherwise *
12. After it is completely dried, measure to find the center of the board and attach the picture frame hooks using nails and the hammer
13. Don’t forget to put your artist signature and date on the back for memory purposes

from: The Road Not Taken, by: Robert Frost
from: The Road Not Taken, by: Robert Frost

* Tips for Easier/Better doings:
– the regular sized sharpies for some reason spread the ink a lot; the fine tip sharpies give a clean line and don’t bleed the ink to the surrounding areas
– the stronger the coffee, the better !
– I found that crumpling the map three times worked the best (I actually did an experiment on paper what one time crumpled, two times crumpled, three times and even four times crinkled looked like) … take my word three times crinkled is the best
– I set the map on top of the wood pallet and then folded the edges over to ‘mark’ where the edges would be, then put the decoupage on the pallet and positioned the map onto the wood, matching up the pre-folded edges
– a little of decoupage goes a long ways !
– the thin layer of decoupage on top helps to secure the edges on the reverse side of the wood

wanderlust (n):
wanderlust: (n) a strong desire for or impulse to wonder or travel and explore the world

with love like the purely fallen snow, ∇
from one aspiring artist to another, Δ
enjoy the day and night alike ‍

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