|Samuel Lewis The Traveller's Guide circa 1819|
I found a "faux" antique map above, found at Homesense (Cdn)/Homegoods (US) for about $180. Better than $9500! However, I can still do better...and I dug through my collection of old local maps from my travels. Some of them are free (all you have to do is contact the local travel guides created by the municipality you're visiting, and one would be sent to you!).
Using this lovely paint (Folk Art's "Metallic Taupe", found at Michaels or your local craft store), I carefully "antiqued" one of my maps.
First I found a map that had light colours.
Diluted some paint (so it's the same consistency as watercolour paint)
|Make sure you add water, to give it a watery|
consistency. This is important, so the map
can show through the paint.
Gently paint the map
|Starting from the outside and working your way in allows the paint|
to thin itself out, so all the paint doesn't accumulate on at one spot.
And a "new" old map is created
Similar in tone to the antique...but by using a map that had significance (using our local town map, showing the towns of our parents, cottage, etc.), this has more special meaning.
And that is priceless.