Monday, December 12, 2011

Map Making

That Teri is always coming up with inventive ways to create her paintings. She showed us how she likes to paint on maps here. I can tell you that this jiggled my muse. I have always liked maps. I use them when I work on my travel journals. I usually hack up a map and paint around it or incorporate pieces in some way like here

The other day I found _Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking_by Jill K. Berry.  You can read about it here.  I can tell you this. I am gonna have some fun with this mindset.
I found this book on Gwen Diehn's blog. She was a contributer to the book but for the life of me I can't remember the name of her blog. If I find out I will link it later. HERE she is.
Below is my first attempt with the inspiration from the book. I must say there is a whole lot more that you can do of course. I think I will be having some fun.
This is the other page. We had such a good time yesterday chasing "state" birds. That meaning birds I had never seen in Indiana, the Say's Phoebe, and for Illinois the Snow Owl. A State Bird in two states in one day. This doesn't happen very often. Happy Day.

18 comments:

Teri C said...

Thanks Lisa, I'm happy to jiggle your muse. These are all just great and so fun. Perfect for your birding love.

Gwen's blog is http://real-life-journals.blogspot.com/

Laure Ferlita said...

Love these, Lisa! I really like the addition of the compass and the owl is wonderful!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

These are great Lisa. Looks like you found something else fun to do with Drawing and paitning. Isnt it great how we all inspire each other. I will have to go check out gwens blog.

Sandy Carlson said...

This is really interesting. Thank you!

marianne said...

http://real-life-journals.blogspot.com/2011/12/booster-shot-for-your-journal.html

Wow Lisa how wonderful!
I always love Teri's paintings on maps and yes I have a love and fascination for maps!
I would love this but I know journaling is not my strongest......
But you sure did a great job on those pages.
And I must say I am jiggled here again too.....so maybe.....
BTW you won in my giveaway I will try to send it ASAP.

Thanks for this inspiring post♥

Julie said...

These are really good, Lisa...really love your HootHoot!!!

yoon see said...

Interesting and appealing bird project!

We all love birds, I love your soft touch on the bird paintings!

Look like you love to observe bird too!

Ruby said...

very beautiful bird painting!

Katiejane said...

Wonderful pages and paintings! And congrats for sighting these birds. I should get to know birds better.

Deb said...

Such a creative idea ~ would be fun to draw something seen on a trip and create a travel journal from maps. Like you, I'd choose birds :-) LOVE the owl!

Q said...

Oh Lisa,
The Snowy Owl is my husband's fav!!Your drawing is lovely...we use maps for wrapping paper and in our travel journals too.
We always stop at the state information centers when we road trip.
Your birding sounds fun!
Your work always inspiring.
Sherry

Quiet Paths said...

These are so cool. My mother in law paints and draws. She would love this. Oh, and she loves birds... fantastic idea and lovely pieces.

Q said...

Merry Christmas!
I think your Snowy Owl would be the best of Christmas cards...
had to bring my husband over to see your Owl...
Sherry

Sandy Carlson said...

I like these very much. What a great idea. I love the way your artistic conversations come to life in your art.

Gail said...

I love them both Lisa. How cool to see both these birds and map them! I've seen several artists who work with maps and think their art is fun. happy Christmas to you. gail

steviewren said...

I love your journaling. Layering art over a map sounds like it will add another dimension to what you already do.

verobirdie said...

Lisa, this seems very interesting! I'm sure you are going a lot of fun.

Mim said...

so interesting and love the owl. (I got a scarf with an owl print on it for xmas - love those birds).

hope you had a happy christmas!