January 2020 - Mind map - by Riikka Kovasin

Hello there!

It’s Riikka here today to share my project with the January map theme. The theme threw me off guard and while doing so, I was really surprised. I love vintage tones, tea shades and maps. I loved orienteering in school and I’m usually the one holding the map in one way or the other if we are walking in a new place. But still I found it hard to get a hold of the topic.

What then helped me to get going was to think also about the start of the year and finding a focus for it. That lead me to imaginary maps of sorts, and I ended up making a mind map for 2020. A mind map is something I’ve done earlier, too, for this project shared in August 2019. Mind maps are handy tools to clear one’s head, but I still seldom use them. Maybe my head is seldom so cluttered, luckily?

I started the project like I said by drawing a mind map using several different gel pens. Then I took some tea and colored the white, new paper to resemble old. That’s a trick I used even as a child when making treasure maps – crushing the paper into a ball and then dipping it in tea or coffee. I personally find the tone of tea more to my liking, but if you are a coffee drinker no point buying tea just for coloring as coffee works too.

After I had my aged “map” made, I tore it into pieces and then collaged those together with actual vintage papers to the cover pieces of my self-made notebook. I used Soft Matte Gel as my adhesive. After drying I decorated the back cover only with some stamping and pencil lines, but for the cover I had bigger plans. On there I rubbed a transfer of a clover. To add more pens and pencils in my make I then highlighted and treated the flower with markers, paint pens and plain pencil. For further decoration I added a strip of washi tape to the bottom of the cover and then adhered a couple of numbers from Mechanicals on top.

If you are lost, like I was at first, maybe this link will help . I noticed it on my Twitter feed a little after I had finished my little notebook for the new year. It’s a selection of maps from the National Geographic magazine along the years. There’s different styles of maps in the article, some based on actual old maps – like a map of Shakespeare’s Britain that’s based on a map from a 1611 atlas!

Thank you for stopping by today! All the best to the new year and happy artistic adventures – with or without a map!

Xoxo Riikka

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Art Daily “Dream without Fear” stamp set
Art Daily “Nocturnal Elements” washi tape set
Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Art Basics Clear Gesso
Mechanicals Mini Numbers

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