Posted: Nov 18, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Turn a canvas and a little watercolor paint into a beautiful piece of art for your home! Not only is it pretty to look at, but it's easier to make than you think!

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What you'll need:

  • Large canvas
  • U.S. map
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paint tray
  • Paint brushes
  • Rubber cement

What you'll do:

allParenting water color map step 1

Start by grabbing your scissors and cutting out the map.

allParenting water color map step 2

Lay the cut-out map on the center of the canvas. Trace around the edges of the map with a well-sharpened pencil.

allParenting water color map step 3

Dip a paint brush into the rubber cement. Paint rubber cement all along the border of the map, just outside the pencil outline.

allParenting water color map step 4

Mix together your watercolor paints on the paint tray. Try to stick with colors within the same color family so that the colors will blend nicely with each other.

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Dip a clean paint brush in water, and brush water over the canvas until the entire area inside the rubber cement has been moistened.

allParenting water color map step 6

Dip your paint brush in the watercolors, soaking up as much paint as possible into the brush.

allParenting water color map step 7

Drop large droplets of watercolor all over the map (staying inside the rubber cement outline).

allParenting water color map step 8

Dip a clean paint brush in water and start blending the colors together with the wet paint brush. Periodically swish the paint brush in water to clean it off before blending more areas of the map.

allParenting water color map step 9

After you have blended the paint together, lay the canvas out on a flat surface and allow it to dry.

allParenting water color map step 10

Once the paint is completely dry, rub your finger over the rubber cement to remove it from the canvas. You should have a nice, crisp edge around the map. After all of the rubber cement has been removed, your new map is ready to hang on the wall!

allParenting water color map

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