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Craft: Roadmap Wallart

I rent. So, there are only so many pictures I can hang. More important than, that I absolutely love the art that is hanging on my walls. This project now was on my mind for quite some time. I left Germany a couple of years ago now, and I still miss it. I have an empty wall in my craft room that I wanted to display something about me. So, I looked at all sorts of prints and ideas when I stumbled over some websites offering roadmap prints of cities. I could have quite easily entered my hometown, order it and hang it on my wall.  But I am a crafter, and I found every possible excuse to make it myself. I was never quite happy with the sizes offered, the colours used and so on. Let’s face it, whatever my end result, it will never be as good as a professionally done print. But it will have been my accomplishment.  Something to hopefully proudly say about: “I did it myself. It’s where I come from”.

Roadmap Wall Art Homedecoration

Get a map for your roadmap art.

Getting a map was no easy task. As my hometown is not a tourist attraction, though it really should be, getting hold of a  sufficiently big and comprehensive map required some searching. Still, eventually, I found a roadmap that met my expectations. It covers the entire region surrounding my hometown. I don’t think will add road names to my art, but I would like it to be as detailed as possible. Having found the right map, the next question was on what kind of canvas or to create the art.


What to draw the roadmap wall art on.

The question of what sort of canvas the roadmap art was to be based on came hand in hand with the question of what look I wanted to go for. When I started planning this project, I wanted the art to seamlessly merge with the wall.  I could do that by using paper as my basis and create a poster or acrylic glass. The Paper seemed to be too flimsy and might not have the elevated feel I would like to see.

I did not want a frame around the art, as it would break the seamless look I wanted to go for initially. However, after choosing the wall art size, I decided to purchase a picture frame with acrylic glass because I would like to try both and see what fits best, really.  I will stick to copying the street patterns on the acrylic glass as it is easier. I won’t need a contraption of a sort to have enough backlight to follow the street pattern on paper.


What I used for the roadmap art acrylic glas perspex permanent marker or sharpie a map and double-sided cellotape

Copying the street pattern.

With every craft project, I assess eventual problems in advance. For example, how to keep the map and glass always aligned so that the pattern won’t shift or wobble. I decided to fix the glass on top of the map with double-sided cello tape. This way, the map is fixed in place while I might be still able to see the patterns to follow around the edges of the glass.

Working on acrylic glass, I have some other considerations to make. What pen will I be using? A wipeable pen might not hold the pattern for long, especially if I can’t find a way to put a protective layer on top. Putting something on top of a wipeable marker might again damage the pattern.

Using a permanent marker comes with its own risks. What can I do if the marker is accidentally smeared all over the surface or smudged in one part? I will be working inside out, but what solution would there need to be if something goes wrong? A little research on the internet, and I think I have some solutions to erasing permanent marker.

So, I got all materials for the roadmap wall art ready and started.


For my roadmap art I started tracing the streets in the top left hand corner and ended in the bottom right hand corner

How to copy the street pattern.

When everything was set up, I wondered where to start. Several options presented themselves. I could start from the top and work myself down. I could start in the middle and work my way outwards in circles, like a mandala. I could start with the main roads and then fill in the rest.

I worked diagonally downwards, which means I started in the top left corner and ended in the bottom right corner. Retrospectively, I would start colouring areas first. I had a map of the entire region with cities and villages, which I wanted to be coloured. I did it after I finished tracing the roads, which created the need to retrace some parts. So, next time I would do it the other way around. I would colour the areas I’d like to be highlighted and then trace the roads. The double-sided cello-tape solution really worked quite well. And as I finished the painting, I just stripped off the protection sheet on the back of the Perspex. Done.


the finished roadmap art before I put it in the frame

All in all, I am happy with how this piece came out.  For the time being, I chose to hang it with a frame.  At this point, I think the frame gives the picture the needed finish and impact. If the picture's size had been bigger, perhaps I would have been more confident about hanging it without a frame. But I think that’s an idea for another time.

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