World Map Quote

Summer has started early! With the seasons changing and it getting really nice and warm consistently here in the PNW, I’ve been distracted by hanging out with friends, being outside, and just enjoying the weather! So I apologize for the gap from my last post!

In the same theme as my recent post for the framed inspirational quote, I have been really digging the trend of wordy wall art and home decor.  I find it hard to tell myself no – there needs to be a balance between text, textures, and photos! The idea for this craft came from a friend’s photo on Facebook – it was part of the decoration at their sister’s graduation/going away party. I knew this would be a great gift idea for my brother.  Now that I’ve gifted him this artwork, I can share my process!

Supplies:

  • Map of choice – I used this old-style world map: Rand McNally Classic World Wall Map
  • Paint Pen: Sharpie 63601 Uni-Paint PX-20 Oil-Based Medium Point Marker
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil (we all know Ticonderoga is the best)
  • Graph Paper

Steps:

  1. Choose your favorite travel/geography/map-based quote. I used part of the song Oceans by Hillsong United “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw
  2. Using the latitude/longitude lines as a guide, create a grid on graph paper so you can draw the spacing and layout of your quote. My map was optimal (allowing margins) with a 16×9 square grid. Trace the grid in pen.
  3. Sketch your quote in pencil on the graph paper. Vary the font style, and add flourish(es) such as dashes, arrows, braces, dots, etc to make it your own. You can find endless ideas for fonts on Pinterest – for example here: https://www.pinterest.com/sierrahennessy/diy-fonts/
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  4. Identify a good writing surface to work on the map.  The map I used was HUGE – to hard to work with on a table. So I hung it on our upstairs landing where we have a large mirror and light from a skylight.
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  5. Transfer your quote onto the map. The latitude/longitude lines are very helpful to make sure letter heights and spacing are consistent. Write lightly with your pencil so as to not leave indents, and makes it easier to erase your mistakes!
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  6. Begin tracing with the paint pen. I got carried away with this step – it’s so much fun to see your text jump out on the map! Keep a scrap piece of paper nearby to keep the ink flowing smoothly. Use a straightedge for the crisp straight lines for certain letters when needed.
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  7. Step back and clean up lines where needed. for example, I decided the arrow needed to be thicker to stand out and look sharper:
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  8. And we’re done! Erase any errant pencil marks that are visible. If you wrote light enough, this should be easy, and any lines on the continents are probably very difficult to see to begin with!
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  9. As we’re all our own worst critics, I wasn’t too happy with the way the word “borders” turned out – but my brother loves it, and it’s a good opportunity for me to learn to be content and let things go.

Some other good quotes for maps (eg, your wedding first-dance song?):

  • If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me. – Psalm 139
  • To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever – Psalm 121:8
  • And when I go there, I go there with you, Where the streets have no name – U2
  • We’ll just fly away from here, Our hopes and dreams are out there somewhere – Aerosmith
  • On the road again, Goin’ places that I’ve never been… – Willie Nelson
  • And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. – Louis Armstrong
Let me know in the comments if you plan to make this! What quote would you use?

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