Yard Sales and Map Art!

So, all three of us Crafterella Sisters were at a Saturday yard sale looking for treasure when I spotted a big paper map. I asked, “How much is this?” The yard sale man timidly said, “um…a dollar?” Like maybe he had seen too many people ask that question, hear his price, and with a disgusted face put it back down. Like a dollar is too much to pay! I love it when people do that with quarter items! Come on, it’s hard work to have a yard sale, pay the quarter! I mean, I’m all for getting deals and the lowest price on things, but  what do they expect?

One time a lady was selling a new Angel’s jersey for 5 bucks and a “customer” was trying to get it for a dollar, so I helped out and said, “You only want 5 dollars for that!?” sounding interested. All of a sudden that jersey was worth every cent. Haha!

Anyways, on with this map art. The yard sale man threw in some old AAA maps of Los Angeles too, knowing I liked maps. Yay! What good customer service, so I tipped him 🙂

To make art like this, you need a canvas, Mod Podge, a map (big enough to fit around the canvas), acrylic paint, and a cuppa Joe or tea.

First, Cut the map about 2 inches around the canvas.

Then crumple it up being careful not to rip it.

Get your Coffee or tea, I made espresso, and stain the map with it.

Put Mod Podge on the back of the map to glue it onto the canvas.

Put Mod Podge on the sides of the canvas and map and fold it like a present.

Paint black around the edges to shade it, and paint an image in the middle.

Put Mod Podge once again, let it dry and then you’re done!

Here is another example of Map Art. Thanks for looking!~N


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 05:38:59

    What a great idea! I also love your comment on yard ‘sale-ers’ who work so hard, bless there hearts for championing Reuse, Recycle.


  2. Glenda
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 08:05:28

    Great instructions!!! I think even I could do this!!!! You do great work!


  3. Tia Nena
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 17:26:41

    So this is how you make them. Fantastic you are so clever and talented. Nice instruction.

    Love Auntie Nena


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