State Map Art Tutorial

 Let's make maps! Does anyone remember that song from Yeah Yeah Yeahs?  It will be in my head for the rest of this post.  I am super excited and a little nervous because I am sharing my first video tutorial!?  I was just going to do a simple video, that didn't show me at all, but my super awesome friend (hi Adam!) with a video production company stepped in and help me create something a bit more advanced.  What you might not know about me is that I am a telecom drop out.  I was all set to be the next Barbra Walters until I did my first screen test and quickly realized that I wasn't cut out for it.  Reading a teleprompter and talking into a camera is hard guys.  Anyway, all that to say, I'm far from professional.  But, over all I am super happy with this video.  I hope to tackle a few more of these in the future.  I love teaching and filming a tutorial is way easier than typing it out.

If you are looking for a way to get wasted, I suggest a drinking game in which every time I say "super," you take a shot. ;)

A few notes about the project . . . .

Supplies notes/links:
Watercolor - here is a link to the Koi field box I used but you can use just a basic kiddie set.
Water Color Paper - Any paper that says it is for watercolor will do. Strathmore 400 Series is my favorite but you could use a cheaper, lighter paper if you'd like.
Frisket - Here is the frisket starter kit which comes with the nib and rubber to remove it.  You can also buy just the frisket and use an old eraser and paint brush.
Making Tape
A Board (to tape your paper down - I used old canvas board or the back of a sketchbook)
Paint Brushes

I mentioned my lazy method of getting my map on the paper.  But, if you want to be a real artist (and avoid possibly damaging your computer) you can make a graphite transfer sheet (like this) and then print out your map and transfer it on to you paper.  Do as I say, not as I do.

Also, here is a link to some of my coffee art. I mention it a few times in the video.


If you tackle this project I'd love to see your work.  If you have any questions for me please, please feel free to comment on this post or shoot me an email at jaime {at}


I made maps for the four places we've lived together. I had visions of having this matted and framed before this post.  My clip rail is as far as I got.  I'm hoping sharing this photo will provide me the motivation I need to get my butt in gear and get these hung.  Just not enough time in the day!!

P.S. If you are feeling lazy.  I have prints of all the maps in this post and I take commissions as well. Visit the 'map' section of my etsy shop for more info.

P.P.S The links in this post are amazon affiliate links.