2019 Topic 5: Maps and Plans
Some of the best art incorporates places or memories that are special to us and Miriam shares her love for her home town that has translated into a beautiful piece; full of meaning.
Hi everyone, it's Miriam here with you today, and I'd like to bring you a project sharing the love of my home town, Cardiff.
Cardiff will always be 'home' to me, despite having moved away 19 years ago. As soon as I saw the topic I knew that I wanted to create something using a map of Cardiff and I managed to find some older maps that would work beautifully with the colour scheme that I chose. I also met my husband in Cardiff when we were students and so this could also work well as a birthday or anniversary card as it would have a special meaning for us both.
I enjoyed creating this project so much. It actually felt so right; using products and colours that I love and creating something based on a map of Cardiff. I thought I would struggle to cut a map up at first (a bit like new paper syndrome) but I ended up using two maps.
For the base of my project I used the scraped paint technique, using the perfectly sized new spatula that comes with the PaperArtsy brayer. The scraper is great for this but also for Grunge Paste. I used Fresco Finish Acrylics in the following colours: Pea Coat, Mermaid, Buff, Gold and Koala.
As you might know, I love Sara's stamps, and there were quite a few hearts to choose from. I went for this one though as it is a more 'open' stamp and I was able to use another map. The texture on the stamp is amazing too. I used ESN11 and ESN25 and stencil PS092. It fitted with the old maps that I used.
I kept layering paint, stencils and gold drips onto my project. This added texture and depth even though the project is fairly flat.
The colours that I chose really worked well with the maps. Not traditional colours that you would use with hearts but I think this worked for me.
I really enjoyed using old maps. I have loads of other ideas where I could put the map down first, or bits of maps and then layers paints and collage. The ideas are endless, but so much fun. I also loved adding splashes of Gold Fresco Acrylic paint as it just lifted the project slightly.
I hope that I have inspired you enough to have a go yourselves. For those of you, like me, who are scared of ripping up a map; do it! It's really not that hard when you are creating something that has a special meaning to you.