Elephant Map Art Tutorial

6 Sep

Ok, here is the tutorial I promised. I am super excited about this. It was really easy to make and I love how it turned out. Plus I made it to where the elephants are just stuck on with some double sided tape because I thought the map turned out so great.

What you need for the map part:

(Please ignore that paint pen)

Canvas in whatever size you want. Mine is 15 in by 30 in

Map of some sort. I got mine off Amazon for pretty cheap. You could look at bookstores or maybe if your kids school is getting rid of those old roller ones, that would make for an awesome giant one. *note if you ever find one of those, I will pay for you to ship it to me

Mod Podge

A paint/sponge brush

Distress Ink

possibly a ruler or smoothing tool thingy

Step 1: If you want a smooth finish, use the brush to apply the Mod Podge to a small portion of your canvas. If you want a crinkly finish with giant bubbles and creases, apply the Mod Podge to the entire canvas.

Step 2: Stick your map down to the portion that is Mod Podged. If you are doing the smooth version, smooth all the bubbles out and continue repeating step 1 and 2 until your entire map is stuck to the canvas. If you are doing the rough, I want this to look all old and authentic version (or the I don’t have time and patients to deal with doing this slow and steady route) then just stick the map down to the entire canvas and smooth out until you like the ridges and bubbles.

Step 3: Now that you have the map like you want it, you have to do something with all that hang over. You have two options. You can just cut around the canvas and paint the edges or you can wrap the map around the canvas. I chose the wrapping part. To do that part what you do next is cut a diagonal line from each corner to the edge of your map.

After you have the lines cut, use the brush to paint Mod Podge onto the canvas on the side you want to wrap first. Make sure you get the edges as well as the back so the map with stick really well when it is wrapped.

Next you are going to want to cut off that little triangle of map that overlaps the canvas on the side like this:

Then do the same thing to the opposite side. After you have the top and bottom done (or the left and right side depending on where you started) do the left and right side (or top and bottom). So you should have a map that is wrapped around your canvas.

Step 4: After you have the map the way you want it, I took the distress ink and aged the creases and bubbles. My map had a shiny surface so I would put the ink on and then rub the ink the opposite direction. So I would swipe the ink from the left to the right and rub the ink in up and down. I was really happy with the way it turned out:

I originally was going to paint my elephants right on to the map, but I liked it so much that I decided to make it where you could take the elephants off. This way I can change the silhouette when my decor changes. Tomorrow I’ll post the next phase of making the elephants!!

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2 Responses to “Elephant Map Art Tutorial”

  1. J. Hill September 8, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

  2. somedaycrafts September 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    There is something so beautiful and interesting about putting a map on the wall. I actually really like the wrinkling in the map. It adds texture and dimension!

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