Why hello everyone! Wow, it has been a hot minute since I’ve made an appearance on the blogosphere, hasn’t it? I apologize for the lack of activity, but the whole “online school” thing has thrown me for quite a loop.
Today, I am emerging from my cave of academic studies, loud music and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches to bring you my latest late-night project: painting a world map on my wall!
One day, as I was digging through the depths of Pinterest attempting to find some inspiration for a project, I stumbled across “world map wall art.” I soon discovered that there are many varieties of this artsy décor – maps printed on a piece wood, fabric, or canvas which is then hung on the wall, or maps painted directly onto the wall in question. The designs are absolutely gorgeous, and after sifting through many different varieties, I decided that my room needed one. So naturally, I did some investigating, explored the many different varieties, began to price them, and HOLY COW are they expensive!
Now, I do not have the desire (or funding, for that matter) to invest in one of these beautiful (but pricey) pieces. So, I decided to do the next best thing: make one myself.
As I mentioned in this post, my room is an odd shape. Half of it is a normal, square room, with regular walls and ceiling. The other half, however, has a sloped ceiling with shorter walls on each side. These smaller walls are the perfect size for painting a decent-sized map on, so after clearing the space in front of the designated wall, (the other has a bulletin board hanging on it) I got to work.
(Also – I apologize in advance for the poor picture quality. All of these photos were taken at night during the completion of the project – I sometimes wish that I wasn’t nocturnal.)
I began by taking down an actual wall map we have hanging in our house, and tracing all of the continents and islands onto several pieces of tracing paper. After taping together each individual piece of tracing paper to form one huge map, I transferred the tracing to my wall. I was then left with one giant penciled outline of the world on my wall.
Next, I began to paint. I had quite the debate on what color to use, but ultimately decided on white because it’s a pretty versatile color. However, since white is a light color and the teal paint of my wall is much darker in comparison, I soon discovered that it was going to take several coats of white to achieve the desired effect.
Over the course of several nights, I painted about 5 coats of white on the wall. Despite the numerous layers, it’s still not entirely opaque – if you get close enough, you can still see a few faint blotches of teal here and there. However, I am highly satisfied with the end result, and I believe Winston is, too. :)
To add my own personal touch, I also decided to paint little hearts on the map to mark my special places. I currently have three, but I’m hoping to add more as the years go by. :)
Have a great week, and thanks for reading! :)