{How to} draw a map!

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Thanks to Anne from Give Studio I bring to you today a simple, quick and easy tutorial on hand drawing maps.

I had in mind to use maps as treasure hunts for my kids but also as a memento of the time we’ve spent living in an apartment smack dab in the middle of our town. I wanted to figure out how to make a memory of the walking routes, favorite parks and all the trees we’ve named as Chip and Dale’s.

A few emails later and Anne was totally willing to sit down with me & talk me (and my camera) through the process.

She hand draw’s maps for clients who might need one in their invitation – then scans them and tweaks them in photoshop. I don’t have photoshop so this tutorial brings you through the drawing of the map only. If you get to the fancy pants photoshop and figure it out – let us all know!

You’ll Need:

Your computer (or a map you’d like to sketch from)
Sketch paper
Markers, pencils … whatever your medium flavor might be.

{How to} draw maps

Having fantastic style and amazing handwriting might also come in handy … šŸ˜‰

{How to} draw maps

Seriously though – some times the best gifts are the ones we spend time on with our own pens & papers. Not everyone has legible handwriting – but a note from you, in your own type is something always worth saving. So at least try.

Anne started out by outlining the anchoring factors of the map: the lake for this one.

{How to} draw maps

It was quick, but efficient. She took her time on the details like writing and filling in spaces but also wasn’t afraid to just start drawing.

{How to} draw maps

Add pizazz at will.

{How to} draw maps

Pizazz can be interpreted as directional association as well. But pizazz sounds so much better.

From there use a larger tipped marker to ink the major roads.

{How to} draw maps

And build on your road system from there. Don’t feel that you have to include every single cross street. Depending on your reason for a map – maybe try using only the ones with large intersections or only the roads you know your guests are going to be using (turning on, etc).

{How to} draw maps

{How to} draw maps

Have fun with the identifying symbols you might use for road signs or names. Flair it up, baby!

{How to} draw maps

And you’re done.

{How to} draw maps

Simple, right? And painless too. I tried my first one this week and ended up doing a super small one (but it also included a lake) so I just went for it. (It took 3 try’s but I came up with this … )

So I drew a map. Totally fun.

Lets see what you guys can come up with – what are you thinking of for a hand draw map? Have a fun picnic spot you want to invite friends to via map? Or maybe just a little something extra for your cork board? Snap a photo and then add it to the jodimichelle Flickr group! Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Thanks, Anne! (You guys seriously have to see her stuff, stunning!)

** This is self sponsored post wherein I get to share something beautiful with all of you.

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10 thoughts on “{How to} draw a map!

  1. What a very great post. šŸ™‚
    I’m not blessed a good handwriting, but I am sure that I can make my own map. We will be having a picnic this weekend. I will try to make a map for the site. šŸ˜€

  2. They are so lovely and great little reminders of things we can’t capture (walks, moments holding hands, the best view of the lake from the park – X always marks the spot.)

    šŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed it!

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