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World Map on Canvas

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How do you fill a giant blank wall?  That’s a dilemma for lots of folks living in larger homes.  But it lead to a really cool project for me, when I was asked to paint a giant World Map on Canvas.  In order to make it substantial enough to fill at least 8′ X 4′, we decided to spread it out over four canvases…each measuring 24″ x 48″.  This quadtych art came out great, so thought I’d post a few pics showing you how it all came together.

Because the canvases were so large, the only way I could work on them, was to hang them on a wall myself.  The only problem?  I don’t have a giant blank wall in my house.  So, I ended up hanging them in my garage and painting them there.  

After penciling in the map, which took longer than I care to admit…I began filling in the masses of land, using a small brush to follow all the detail.

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This tan colored paint is “Drumskin” by Valspar.

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I then started painting the water a dark brown.  The color is called “English Tea”, also by Valspar.

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What ever it is I’m doing with my mouth reminds me of what my brother does when he plays the guitar. I think it boosts concentration. Lol.

I had no idea how many islands there were on this planet of ours, until I started this tedious project.  At this point I was thinking, “I wonder if anybody would notice if I left out the Philippines or Papua New Guinea?”  But I’m kind of a perfectionist, so I pressed on….eventually finishing the whole earth…(minus the North and South Poles, anyway).

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 I decided to paint the sides of the canvases too, so the image would look cohesive no matter which angle you look at it from.

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I always love when people send me pictures of something I’ve painted for them, so I get to see how it’s used or viewed daily once in its home.  After getting these pictures of the World Map on Canvas, I was on top of the world!

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2 Responses to World Map on Canvas

  1. Sylvia Sotelo June 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    That was a big project but it turned out beautiful!

  2. Sally V Quevedo June 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Wow! What a great map.

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