Here and there I feel like getting a little crafty. The latest project was a DIY Colorful World Map. What better way to show our world than in a rainbow of color?
This was very easy, but extremely tedious. I made two, one black and one white. Personally I like the way the white one turned out better, but the black piece is what was used for the tutorial.
The first thing I did was buy a plain, wooden board at Michael’s, along with colorful paints, and paint brushes.
I painted the board completely over with the different colored paints. For the white map I mixed together the colors so it looked like a faded rainbow of color on the whole board. For the black map I painted different colored strips all over the board without mixing it perfectly. For both maps I never even washed my brush, I just kept mixing the colors.
Next I printed a map of the world from my computer. You could use anything design, written out text in Word, or any picture you wanted to do this project. I flipped the paper over to the blank side and shaded over any of the printed continents.
Once the back was shaded I flipped it back to the correct side and laid the paper down over the dry rainbow painted board. Because the back was now shaded I traced the edges of the continents onto the board. The shading from the back left a mark on on the paper so I knew exactly where the lines where.
Once all the lines were traced onto the board, I painted around the edges of the continents with the white or black. The white needed to be done at least two times, if not more in certain areas because of its light color, but the black only needed to be painted over once.
When painting the white was much easier to see the lines than the black.
If you’re interested in purchasing either one, please check out my Etsy shop to see if they’re still available!
Let me know if you have any questions!