As I have been travelling around the world, I have collected little tickets, maps, coasters and more. I wanted to memorialise my adventures with an art project. It didn’t seem to make sense to try and fill my suitcase with mementos but instead just pieces of paper that I could easily mail to my parent’s address. Now I did keep some things like seashells from Cadiz, pieces of the Blue City from Morocco, a ring from Romania and more. But I wanted to make something that encompassed my experience in a more complete and personal way.
I made a canvas with the papers I had collected from two years of travelling. I didn’t have enough for all 12 countries to fit in but I put in as much as I could.
What you need: Cost:
- A large canvas (mine was 24X36) $20
- White glue $2.99
- Paintbrushs $3
- Modge Podge $5
- Acrylic Paints (I used two colors) $7.99
Step 1: Figure out what you are going to put on your canvas. I took my maps and ripped out the important areas. I wanted a fringed look not a perfect cut. I looked for small tickets and things to put on as well. Then, I organised it on the floor.
Step 2: Glue it on. I mixed water and white glue so it was a good consistency for the paintbrush. I brushed on a coat of glue then put it on the canvas. After I finished gluing everything I let it dry for about 20 minutes. Make sure you wash the brush with soap and water immediately after so you can use it again.
Step 3: Now take your canvas outside with newspapers or a matt. Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray too! Get a brush with a long tip. I put the paint on a paper plate, like a palette and began flicking the paint on the canvas. The trick was to not put globs on the paint brush because then it would just leave globs on the canvas. I would lightly put paint then wave the paintbrush quickly and for a count of 10 so that the paint splattered in flecks. This process took awhile about 30 minutes maybe more. I did yellow then let it dry, did orange, let it dry then did it again, let it dry. I let this dry over night because by then my hands hurt from the paint flicking. I didn’t want to put too many colors of paint because then it might cover up some of the places.
Step 4: I used a Matte Modge Podge and used the same brush I used for the glue. I painted on the Modge Podge in thin coats using an up and down motion to keep the texture consistent. I would paint a coat, let it dry for 15 minutes then paint about for a total of 4 coats of Modge Podge. The Modge Podge is important to keep the paper from getting damaged or aging. It was important that I make something that could live a long life.
Step 5: Show your friends and family and have them guess which map is what city! Enjoy!