Watercolor Maps

Have you guys heard of Stamen? Chalk this up to one of the cooler things I’ve found on Pinterest. You can make maps of anywhere in the world in a variety of stylized versions, including watercolor. So obviously, my first thought was PARIS WATERCOLOR MAP.

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Suddenly Philadelphia looks a whole lot prettier. Paris always looks pretty, I don’t care what sort of artistic overlay you give to that city.

I’m back to work today for the first time in two days. I’ve been home sick with what I’m pretty sure isn’t bird flu, but still totally felt like bird flu, what with all the hacking. I didn’t have a fever, but oh, there was a lot of phlegm. And now that I’ve successfully nauseated all of you, I’ll go ahead and wrap this post up.

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April 18, 2013 / art / photo / LEAVE A COMMENT / 20

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  • What a super find! I’ll add it to my map-making inspiration Pinterest board. So …….. will you you be joining us on the 28th of May? ;) http://www.skillshare.com/Map-Making-Learn-to-Communicate-Places-Beautifully/1003892661/2061442784/

    “I’m back to work today for the first time in two days. I’ve been home sick with what I’m pretty sure isn’t bird flu, but still totally felt like bird flu, what with all the hacking. I didn’t have a fever, but oh, there was a lot of phlegm. And now that I’ve successfully nauseated all of you, I’ll go ahead and wrap this post up.”
    Whoa, WHOA!!! I’m pregnant – there’s no rhyme or reason to the things that nauseate me these days.

    Seriously, though – glad to hear you’re feeling better! :D xo

    • I’m definitely thinking about it! I’d love to have this skill under my belt if for no other reason than it just LOOKS COOL! You might just sway me, though! Thank you, Chi, I’m actually feeling just okay today. I felt great yesterday until the end of the day, and now I think it’s on its way out but this cold is not going quietly ;) xo

  • i hope the bird flu isn’t back (isn’t it back in china or something?). we had the swine flu once when it was going around. that was pretty terrible. glad you are feeling better and hope you really are feeling much better!! my kids are sick and i am just crossing my fingers that it doesn’t get me. but i am not that lucky so i am sure i am doomed.

    oooo, i love these maps. it’s so much fun to play around with. xoxoxo!

    • Oh man, see that’s what I get for making jokes about actual viruses. Nope, not really bird flu (although it is apparently back with a vengeance in some parts of the world). I can’t believe you guys had swine flu! That must have been a nightmare, gosh. Thankfully you all came through it okay!
      xoxo

  • Oh wow! I bet Norfolk would be really pretty since we’re surrounded by so much water. May need to tuck this away for Father’s Day…I’m sure Neel (I mean “I”) would LOVE it!

    Feel better, ducky! And rest when you get home tonight. Work’ll wear you out. XO

    • You can pick huuuge px output sizes when you save the images, so you could easily make some art for an occasion! I’m tempted to do just that. Only the occasion is just “I Love Paris” so I’m not sure if that counts? xoxo

  • I pinned this and tried it out and it makes any city look gorgeous!! And I hope you’re feeling better.

    • Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it. It’s kind of addictive, right? I could make a million more! xo

  • I want to learn how to properly watercolor so badly. Seeing these beautiful maps isn’t helping matters. I could get one made for each city I’ve ever lived in. Someday, the kids will ask what they all mean and why I have them and I’ll reply, “Mama used to be a gypsy.” ;) Thanks for the beautiful find. More importantly, I hope you’re feeling better. xo

    • “Mama used to be a gypsy” is just the cutest thing. My kids won’t have to ask that question because I’ve only ever lived here, really, haha. Have to change that, I think! Watercoloring is surprisingly difficult. My dad always said it was the toughest medium to work with because it was so hard to control, unlike oil paint. I’m starting to believe he was right! My little foray into watercolor recently for Project Postal proved that. xoxo

  • Very cool- will have to check this out. Glad to hear you are feeling better! (and hopefully less phlegmy)

    • Haha, thanks! I can’t say I’m less phlegmy, but I think that means it’s moving out! xoxo

  • Hope you are feeling better! I have two maps from Stamen, one of New York and one of LA, my east coast and west coast homes ;) Mine are not watercolor though. I hope they come out with a map of my hometown back in Germany, then my collection will be complete. Have a great weekend and feel better! xo

    • I had no idea you lived in LA! I learn something new everyday :) I’d love to hear about your west coast adventures sometime! I’ll have to check out Stamen’s for-purchase maps, too. Thanks for the tip, Nina! xoxo

  • Yikes – feel better soon so you can do fun stuff over the weekend!

    • That’s my plan! Hopefully I’ll be okay, I have faith ;) xoxo

  • I’m such a sucker for maps – these are gorgeous! Hope you feel better soon!

    • Yeah, same. I have a vintage Paris map hanging in my guest-room, and I swoon over it all the time. These are just incredible, and so simple! xoxo

  • I just saw these yesterday! So much fun to play around with.

  • SO. PRETTY.