May 20, 2013

Ancient Maps

I’ve found another use for my supply of dry wax paper, which is my staple for canvas portrait art. The paper is perfect for tracing, painting and crumbling, as in making “old” maps.
1. A class was studying ancient Greece, so I googled for a line drawing of a map and found THIS. I printed it to scale on a letter size paper, taped a sheet of my Dry Wax Paper on top, and had kids trace the image with a very fine point black Sharpie marker.
2. Students used watercolor paint to fill in the land and sea. The paper did resist the paint a bit (the wax was doing it’s thing) but when rubbed with a paper towel the color soaked in.
3. When the paint was dry, students crumbled it up and then smoothed it out. The paper is fairly tough, and does not tear too easily. I’m kinda wondering what a coffee stain might do to enhance the aged look. Hmmm.


Deceptively Educational said...

What a clever use of wax paper! Not only would this be fun to make, but it's a great way for kids to learn geography, cardinal directions, etc. I'd love it if you'd share this idea at the After School Linky Party on my blog (

Mary said...

Thanks for such a fabulous idea!!

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Lora @onlinephduk said...

My daughter and I could try that too! I believe she will enjoy it. Thanks a lot for this wonderful tip! You know my daughter loves to draw and we spend often on crayons, paper, pencils and others. I’ll introduce this new activity to her this weekend. She’ll be really happy for this. Thank you very much for sharing!

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