Cutting Up California

Hi all. Whew! These last few weeks have been really crazy and the time is just slipping through my fingers so fast that I can hardly believe it. Work is picking up. In fact I am heading towards something that resembles an actual job (vs. freelancing) which is both exciting and scary. Time to be mom, time to work, and time to do art all seem to be colliding, battling, and pulling me every which way.  Sigh. Being mom almost always wins right now because this is the last year before my little guy goes off to school (although he does preschool a few mornings a week) so our mom/kid time is extra precious right now.

Anyway, we did sit down together for a little art time last night. My son painted a rock-monster and I cut up some maps and used his extra paint to embellish them. This turned out to be a homage to my home state, California, with rectangles of map laying one on top of the other. I anticipated my hometown Sacramento would end up as the top map, but I really wanted some water to show, and sadly Sacramento is land-locked right in the middle of the state. So I chose San Francisco which is a city near and dear to me, with plenty of water on the map.

Visually, I’m liking this and I have some ideas to make a few more of these (plenty of maps left to go!)  I chose not to modge-podge the layers down, but instead I used some double sided tape in the middles, leaving the edges free for a three dimensional look. Hope you like it, too!

To  make this I played with maps, acrylic paint, double sided tape, stencils, and Sakura Gelly pens.




  1. I love this!

    1. Thanks Phred! One of my favorites too!

  2. […] A quick collage I put together yesterday, reminiscent of this earlier map collage. […]

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