Arty Cartophiles

Mapping in Zentagle, and a new book!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Giveaways, Mapping Techniques | 31 comments

Mapping in Zentagle, and a new book!

I have a friend across the world that I have never met. She just wrote a book, and I am very pleased to be a part of the blogroll to get the word out. Kass Hall lives in Australia and is a a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. This is something I knew not a thing about, until I got her book. Kass and I decided that a map was in order, since that combines techniques from both our books. I just took a very eventful trip from my home in Colorado to Ghost Ranch in northeastern New Mexico and decided that was the journey to map. First of all, I read the whole book since I was a Zentangle virgin. I...

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Map Stencil Possibilities!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Surface Techniques | 1 comment

Map Stencil Possibilities!

Last weekend I went to my friend Libby’s cabin for a retreat with six women. The cabin has been in Libby’s family for many years. You can feel and smell the long history as soon as you step inside. I took the map stencils that Lisa sent me (see previous post) and we all played with them. We painted and drew on collaborative papers, worked in our journals and watched the critters romp and scramble, buzz and chirp. Here we are. We did lots of things with these stencils, pushed the stencil envelope if you may. In this one, I stenciled with dye inks. Cheryl stenciled with the dye...

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Ancient Cities Stencils

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Inspirations for Maps, Mapping Techniques, Surface Techniques | 1 comment

Ancient Cities Stencils

This is a really bad photo of a wonderful new product by Artistcellar Stencils. They are 8.5 x 11, full page sizes, of four cities: Paris, Venice, Amsterdam and London. They are sturdy, and very detailed. Lisa, who is Artistcellar, asked me to play with them and of course I responded with the enthusiasm of any arty cartophile, heck yes! I just got them, and will be taking them on a retreat this weekend to see what wonders arise. After that, I will be posting a giveaway of the piece I come up with. Any of you that cannot wait to get these, buy them and send me your photo, I will post them...

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Mapping Kids at View Ridge

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Mapping Kids | 3 comments

Mapping Kids at View Ridge

Okay, get ready for some goodness! I have 20 maps from 19 talented and fabulous kids in 3-5 grades, from View Ridge Elementary School in Seattle. John Arbuckle is their teacher. John is a good teacher, clearly, the kind we all want for our kids. He motivated them to make maps, and then they each wrote me a note, some of them illustrated with more maps. Turns out we are all taking a class together too, by Aimee Myers Dolich, who is teaching an online course called “Get Lost”. Aimee is one of the contributors for my book, and a friend. Her class is fun, and exploratory in so many...

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Get Lost

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in About the Contributors, Arty Cartophiles, News | 4 comments

Get Lost

I am currently enrolled in my first online class, ever because many of my friends are the teachers. The class is called “21 Secrets” and it is exactly 21 teachers doing very cool things. The first class is with my friend Aimee, who is also a contributor for my book. Her class is called “Get Lost” and I spent the morning with some of her prompts. I am working in a small journal called a hand book, it is 5 x 5 inches on smooth text weight creamy paper. Normally I make my own journals, but this one is blue, cute, and the square attracted me. The first prompt was about...

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Mappers in Big Numbers

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Book Signings | 1 comment

Mappers in Big Numbers

I invited anyone who wanted to come to join me for making a pop-up map at the Artest Art Retreat. Who cold have imagined that first night that 85 people would show up for maps? They kept streaming in, hoards of laughing ladies, enough to make your heart sing. New ladies, Vestal Virgins, small ladies with their mothers (Maya and Orly, oh so cute) and the Profesters. Here is the good news: every one of them walked out with a properly folded map. There is something to this mapmaking thing, I think it is catching on. The book signing at Metsker Maps was fabulous too. Dawn Devries Sokol showed...

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