Map Art Lab, Yours, Today!

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in My Books | 26 comments

Today is the last day of our blogroll for the new book my sister Linden McNeilly and I wrote: Map Art Lab.


In it you will find 52 map related projects. Some of them are pretty wildly abstract, some of them are more literal. There is something for everybody in here, and I mean every age, inclination, breed, personality, nationality, gender and educational background. We had fun with these ideas!

You can make a recycled wire map inspired by Alexander Calder. I made this from construction grade wire. It makes me laugh!


Teenage years need to be navigated carefully, so I made a map of my son at the age of 13.


Game boards are nearly always maps, and you can make your own! I am also doing a form of this class for 21 Secrets….You can sign up for that right here and you get a great early discount. The 21 Secrets project is a Map to Happy, game board style. You can win at your own game!


Then there is the Scroll Through Time project. Amy Kane Smith also did this one, see hers here. Mine is below, and it is all the places I have lived or visited for a length of time, and how they are connected. It is white pencil on paper that is painted black. Easy peasy.



Then you roll it up to stash it in a secret place.


There are many more projects and ideas that you can set in motion making your own maps of your own stories, and all of them are EASY!

You have ten chances to win, by leaving a comment on each of these blogs.

May 7 Linden McNeilly
May 8 Kim Rae Nugent
May 9 Debbie Gonzalez
May 9 Cynthia Morris
May 10 Amy Smith
May 12 Sean Corcoran
May 13 Janet Fox
May 14 Tony Kehlhofer
May 15 Laurie Mika

Today I am giving away a copy of this new book to someone who can answer the question,

“Why make a map?”


  1. So you can know where you are going, where you’ve been and where you are now.

  2. Make a map to go places. Like ti this really great idea of a book. Love it.

  3. Make a map to record where you have been or even better, where you are going. It could be a literal journey or your artistic journey, or any other number of journeys. I love maps!

  4. I can’t say, why make a map, but I can say, why I make maps: I love maps, even if I don’t be a great traveller (I never leaved Europe before). But I love maps, I love the colors and the lines. So for me, it is the decorative aspect of maps. Maps that are made for clarifying (if there is a “storm” in my mind), for to see the way clearly etc., I have in my mind, not on paper. But sometimes, the storm is too great, so it is good, to make a map on paper.

  5. I have not made a map in ages but when I was little I liked to draw maps of imaginary places to make them more real. I still carry paper maps around in my car because they are much more comfortable to use than a GPS because you can see the big picture on one giant page and find your own route. 😀

  6. First I love the teenage boy one! Making maps tells us where we’ve been and where we are going.

  7. You make a carefully planned map of the journey you want to take and then happily ignore it completely.

    Shanti inn the Netherlands

  8. Oh Wow! Making maps for fun, play, to record trips, memories and adventures.

  9. Making a map is a great exercise in perspective — just as valuable for determining where one has been/is going as for the ability to see “you are here”. Congratulations on this beautiful book, Jill! …and thanks for this fun Blog hop — I have enjoyed my virtual visits with all the participants 🙂

  10. I have always been fascinated by maps. They can show you your current place in the world and open up the range of opportunities for the future, both physically and figuratively. We can create a map of our own future and the path to get there. Besides I do love to go to new places. I like the map of where you have lived. A very nice keepsake.

  11. One needs a map to guide one into unknown and new territories. I love the idea of making a map to guide the inner journey as well as the outer journey. A map guides, leads, pinpoints where you are and where you are going, how to correct or adjust our direction.
    Plus they are simply fun to make!

  12. make a map to find your way. your way forward or back home. make a map to stay true! and it’s fun! 🙂

  13. Making a map makes the place “real” — even if that place is just an idea, a dream, or an imagination! And when I make the map, I make the place MINE…

  14. To discover, not just what is there, but what there is that is important.

  15. The mind boggles at the variety of wonderful pieces inspired by mas. LOVE the wire piece! I need this book.

  16. I make maps for each journey because, after all, the journey IS the desination, right? Please oh please, I want this book soooooooooooo badly! I LOVE the first one, and am still working with it but having TWO JB books sounds like heaven!

  17. Why not make a map!?!

  18. Make a map to show where you are going, where you have been, where you want to go, to guide you, to guide others, to remember.

  19. … for the sheer pleasure of playing with colours, lines and symbols that are map-related… I love maps! I love interpreting their hidden, coded information

  20. Making a map is an adventure in creativity. It does not not matter if it shows past, present or future, or even made up, but you’ve stretched your minds imagination creating it! You can use all sorts of mixed media to make it, and that also is an adventure!

  21. To make meaning of chaos 🙂

  22. I’ll make a map to remember where I’ve been.

  23. Maps depict the journey of my life, of my future, of my imagination.

  24. Making a map brings unconscious connections about a subject into consciousness. Building literal associations around a specific subject allows the brain to organize itself and see new possibilities.

    I see mapping as a tool everyone can use to build the life they desire.

  25. Not sure if this giveaway is still going, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. And that’s why you draw a map. At its worst, map-making gives you a taste of what it would be like to venture forth and make discoveries. At its best it helps you map out your own journey.

  26. Just wanted to say thanks! Your beautiful book arrived, yesterday. I was the lucky winner through Laurie Mikas site, but I enjoyed hopping my way through every artists site.
    I will send it to my granddaughter for her library!
    aka hastypearl

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