Map Canvas Art

It has been a couple of months since summer vacation travel ended and I'm feeling the need for a little pick-me-up. To help me reminisce about our travels, I created wall decor using maps I collected from each destination. I find the color and lines of maps so beautiful, so I grab public transportation maps and trail maps wherever I go. They are free and provide a simple reminder of places we went. Using the maps, canvas, and Mod Podge, I created wall art that provides a visible daily reminder of the vacations.


Canvas (8"x10"pictured; purchased this 10 pack of canvases from Michael's for $7 during one of their sales)
Mod Podge - Gloss


1. Lay the map over the canvas and decide on placement of the map. Fold the map along the edges of the canvas to ensure correct positioning in subsequent steps. 

2. Trim the excess paper that will not be used, leaving a one to two inch margin along the folds made in step one. 

3. Using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire surface of the canvas, including the sides. You'll want to use the product in a well ventilated area, such as near a window (imagine the smell of Elmer's glue magnified).

4. Lay the map onto the canvas. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the map using unidirectional strokes. 

5. Fold down the edges of the map like you would for a present. Apply additional Mod Podge on the edges as needed. 

6. Allow the canvas to dry for at least twenty minutes. If you want a glossier finish, apply a second coat of Mod Podge. 

7. Some air bubbles may appear, but don't be alarmed. Allow the project to dry completely for 24 hours and the air bubbles should disappear as the Mod Podge hardens. 

{Note visible air bubbles after approximately 30 minutes of drying time}
{Note the air bubbles are gone following sufficient dry time}

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