Journal Mapping Tutorial

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in About me, Creative Exercises, Map Making, Tutorial | 14 comments

This is my tutorial to contribute to the sweep of spring tutorials my Art Spark group is doing this week.

Next week at Artfest I will be teaching some journal mapping techniques, which will also be in my upcoming book, Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking (Nov, 2011, North Light). Here is a small tutorial on a technique I call “Street Mapping”, and I am finishing up a journal I made at Journalfest.

This type of journal is a technique I teach called “Spontaneous Deconstructed Journal“, which is a flat page journal that is bound after the pages are finalized. I make these for specific trips and events.

Please check out these other three tutorials today also:

Lyric Kinard: Sketchbook Slipcover
Alisa Burke: Spring wreath
Judy Coates Perez: Making a Faced Binding
Happy Thursday!


  1. Very fun. I enjoyed seeing you work. I never thought of using those ink pads, but it is easy and dry (which is really nice). Can’t wait for your book 🙂

  2. well how easy and fun is that! I’m gonna do it!

  3. What a fun technique!
    Love watching you work 🙂

    See you next week at Artfest.

  4. Hi- great tutorial. I am sorry but I didn’t catch the name of the technique or the type of ink you used for this(bad hearing on my part!). Would love to get the info if possible.

    • Dye inks work for this, they dry quickly.

  5. I can’t wait for your book, either! Thanks for the fun technique!

  6. What kind of ink did you use? My daughter and I loved your idea. It will be fun to see what you put into your book!

    • I cut the tape into strips. Thanks for coming by!

  7. I love this! Where did you get such thin painter’s tape? Hardware store? I didn’t realize it came that thin!

  8. I actually found teeny tiny removable tape like that at American Science and Surplus – already all skinny. Now I have a use for it! And Jill, it’s just nice hearing your voice…

  9. Thanks Jill!

    A map might be a nice addition to my Taos journal.

  10. So very excited!
    Just ordered your book Personal Geographies today from Shop Mixed Media!!
    Can’t wait to receive it!

    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  11. This looks like a great idea, looking forward to seeing your book.

  12. The book came in the mail a week or so ago and just loving your “personal geographies” book. Always been fascinated by the combination of maps/stories, personal and fantastical. Love the historical tidbits and the range of ideas…so very rich. Thanks so much for sharing your curiosity. Looking forward to delving in.


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