Introduction: Imaginary Map

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In this project, you will be introduced to the artist, Alison Murray Whittington who is known for her watercolor fantasy maps. You will learn parts of a map and use your imagination to create your own fantasy map.

Check out Whittington's work here:

Step 1: Watercolour Wash

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Use a very diluted watercolour wash over the whole paper. This will create the water. Let it dry completely.

Step 2: Pencil in the Details

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Use a pencil to lightly draw in the details of the map. You can trace images by first making a with simple images. Place your map on top of the reference sheet and tape both to a window to make tracing easier.

Step 3: Fill in the Map With Watercolour

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Use watercolour to fill in the details of the map. Don't get discouraged if it seems sloppy. You will add detail with a black pen once the whole painting has dried.

Step 4: Use Black Pen to Add Detail

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Make sure the map is completely dry, and then use a black pen to add fine detail. You can also use pencil crayon to enhance the image.


Granzeier (author)2014-10-17

This is excellent. I used something similar (but nowhere near as good for the mapping part) in homeschooling my kids; they were to draw a map of an imaginary country, and then work through all of the details of their new country, The could use the US CIA World Factbook ( - can also be downloaded,) for ideas on what to define for their new country. Then they were to write an entire history for their country. Use of other atlas books/programs were encouraged. This helped them to read the history and geography for their real country (the U.S.A. for us), and made it more real to them.

YourArtTeach (author)Granzeier2014-10-20

Great idea about the factbook. Thanks for the link! :)

EmcySquare (author)2014-10-17

looks a lot like Italy!

kidzkiran (author)2014-10-17

that's very good. that is also a good triumph and it looks great when its terminated

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