Mapping Me

An Art Journaling Adventure

Orly Avineri

Fill your journal with your cartographic travels, your personal maps, and your intimate geographies. Trekking through your intimate world, your story, memory, and imagination can be a very rewarding adventure as you depict it in your visual journal with your drawings, images, painting, printing, words, scraps of paper, and yes, maps! Old maps, worn-out maps, illustrated maps, sepia maps, colorful maps, breathtaking maps of the landscapes we live in. With the help of gentle and inspiriting mixed-media prompts and various eye candies we'll explore the joy of mapping ourselves. I have yet to meet an art-journaler who is not fascinated with maps, they do intrigue us.

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They often make their 'way' into our journals in many lines, textures, shapes and forms. Stephen S. Hall said that maps ultimately testify to our belief in the value of exploration, whether the compass is pointed inward or out. And I believe it can be said about visual journals as well. In our journals we will combine our own map creation processes with a variety of topographical and urban maps created by other cartographers. We'll do all of that to satisfy our undeniable zealous yearnings to live meaningful fulfill our perpetual longings for expansion, exploration, and self-discovery through the process of raw, tactile, sensorial, and honest visual expression. We'll end up with intimate and rich journal pages, filled with awe and wonderment.

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Material List

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  • Acrylic paints, container for water, paper towels or/and rags, plastic plate to use as a palette
  • Paint brushes, very wide to very thin
  • Scissors
  • Matte Medium (adhesive) by Liquitex or Golden
  • Gel Medium (adhesive) by Liquitex or Golden
  • A couple of colors of liquid inks
  • Masking tape/s- Black and tan
  • White & black Gesso by Liquitex or Golden
  • Fine point permanent black pens, for example: Sharpies, Microns, Pitt artist pens
  • White Gel pen: Uni-ball Signo or Gelly Roll by Sakura, or/and white fine point Sharpie Poster Paint
  • Two Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads, one type of Brown, and one color of your choice
  • Matte Varnish by Liquitex or Golden
  • A legible hand-written story about a memory connecting you to maps (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Maps you love and are willing to transform
  • Personal images: photographs (B&W photocopies), notes, letters, meaningful scraps of paper
  • Heat gun

Kit fee $20 includes additional tools and materials, a hand-made journal, and a sketch book.

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