This Map’s for You, Wisconsin
I’ve been living in Wisconsin for a few years now, and I feel like I’m finally beginning to appreciate not only the city of Milwaukee, but the splendor of the state as well. Summers are quite magical, and there is always something going on any night of the week. Just recently, we discovered a scenic beach on the south side (Grant Park) and an affordable golf course owned by the County Parks System. The beach was a nice, quiet contrast to Bradford if you’re in the mood for a more secluded afternoon.
After moving here from Missouri, I thought I would be missing out on the scenic beauty of the rivers, parks and cliffs, but I was mistaken. I’ve since discovered the clear waters of Devil’s Lake, the towering rock faces in La Crosse and an unforgettable fall camping experience in Sister Bay.
Wisconsin, you’re swell.
This project was slightly more difficult than I’d anticipated — it was one of those where I could see just what I wanted in my head and then I couldn’t get it out. I had to make a ton of adjustments. I planned to keep it simple by doing a bit of tracing with a cutout, but my printer has been very rude and useless. Instead, I sketched, which worked out fine—the outline is not exact by any means, but that’s okay! I struggled with colors and spacing for filling in the “hot spots.” I realize now that I need to visit more places in the Northwest and North central areas of the state so that my map can look more balanced. In time.
I did, however, feel pleased with the end result and look forward to editing the piece in the future.
18” x 18” piece of heavy canvas fabric
Fountain pen with dipping ink (optional)
6 pieces of plywood 2” x 24” about ¼” thick
4 small nails
Trace or freehand the outline of Wisconsin or other state-of-choice with a fountain pen and ink (makes a nice, thin stroke) or other thinly tipped ballpoint pen.
Outline surrounding states if you’d like.
Fill in areas with a coordinating palette. Use a lot of water to thin out the paint, and it will go on much easier.
The rest is up to you. I looked at a road map and drew faint lines to represent highways.
Mark your hot spots! I used dried birch, ink on canvas and felt. Use your imagination.
For the frame, I took two pieces of wood (one for the top, one for the bottom), wrapped a section of canvas over each piece and staple-gunned them in place.
Take two more pieces of wood and layer them on top of the pieces you just secured. Staple them in place.