There is something timeless about world map art, don’t you think? From the first decades until now, seeing world map art doesn’t get old. I’ve always wanted a really neat piece of art work with a globe or world map. I decided to create my own rather than buy one new because, well, I love to DIY of course. But even if I didn’t like to DIY, as long as you have a great world map stencil, anyone can do this. No joke, my kids could do this! Let me share with you how I created my own DIY world map art with just a few materials.
Before I dive into creating a project, I make sure I know where I’m going with it first. In other words, I always have a piece of inspiration to help guide me! Let me share with you my “inspiration” for this project.
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Isn’t it pretty? I love the gold antique accents.
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First lets gather materials:
- wood or canvas of your choice. I used a piece of natural maple plywood (1/4 by 2′ by 4′)I purchased at our hardware store and I had them cut it to save time.
- world Map stencil. I used a stencil from a company called Stencil Revolution.
If you would rather not use a stencil, you can find a really cool decal that you can stick onto a wood or canvas board like the one I’ll share below.
- Krylon sea glass and gold leaf spray paint
The sea glass spray paint is amazing! I love how it gives a soft greenish hue. The gold leaf spray paint is best too! In my opinion it’s the easiest way to add a little “gold leaf” without all the trouble of real gold leaf.
- painters tape
- paint pen to outline the border of the wood
- straight edge or ruler
- picture hanging hardware
Like I said, I purchased this natural maple board at the local hardware store. I did have them cut it to the dimensions to fit my world map stencil.
How to create your own DIY world map art
The first thing I did was add the painters tape around the edges to create a “border.”
I used this stain to create a rustic finish around the wood.
After I added the stain around the border of the world map art, I added a little white wash to the middle.
Next I needed to tape around the white wash and the border so I could add a little gold accent.
At this point I wasn’t real happy with the way the gold spray paint blended with the outside border weathered oak stain. I decided it might be best to use a paint pen and outline the borders.
I used a ruler and slowly started outlining around the gold spray paint with a black paint pen.
Here we are, with the outlined border, and I wasn’t happy with it.
Tell me I’m not the only one who starts a project with a fabulous vision of how it will turn out, only to realize the actual project isn’t anything that you envisioned or thought it would be.
Blah, back to the drawing board.
I almost didn’t share with y’all the “DIY fail border” above but then I thought, “this is part of the process.”
Honestly, about 40% of the time I start a project I have to “regroup” in the middle of it because I’m not happy with the direction it’s going. You can see an earlier post where I shared all about how I overcame a DIY fail and learned to fix it.
It’s all part of the creative DIY process right? That’s what I tell myself at least.
Learning and creating sometimes means making mistakes, and I like to make LOTS of them! LOL.
So where do I go from here?
I decided to keep going with the stencil and come back to the border later.
This is what it looked like after I sprayed the sea glass spray paint. I knew I wanted to add a little gold accent to the world map to tie the border colors in.
Like I said before, I LOVE this gold leaf spray paint. If you’ve ever used real gold leaf, you know it’s messy! This stuff doesn’t provide the texture that real gold leaf does, but it’s a very similar color and much easier to apply.
Ok it was time to revisit the DIY fail border. I decided to scratch the paint pen border and spray paint over the entire edge with the gold leaf spray paint.
I wanted my world map project to look like it all blended together.
I figured the best way to do this was to add the same color gold leaf on the border as I did on the actual world map painting.
Now I can say my DIY world map painting is about complete.
I’m going to be honest, I’m not 100% pleased with it. But for now I will leave it alone until I’m inspired to re create my world map art.
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What do you think? Should I do something different to it? Time will tell….