Why Are They Called “Maps?”

Isn’t it obvious? They’re maps.

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Mural Closeup

It’s been a bit since I’ve checked in. I hope all is well with you!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on quite a few projects, big and small. I’m happy to announce a massive project, parts of Scandinavia, including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The project is in the hands of some friends, experts, to do an edit. I’m having to sit on my hands while I wait.

But I don’t have to be so still before I post this beautiful piece. I’ve been busy bringing some of my other maps to a new scale, by converting them into murals. They are printed on an adhesive fabric, the kind I’ve used for museum installations. They have become quite popular, in fact! I have a wall I’ve been waiting for the right design. I might just pick the mural I’m featuring in the following link:

Here’s the link!

Sometimes, when inspired, I fire through designs in a feverish marathon. I wanted to impress a friend with a rustic Montana map.

Rustic Montana

I’m working on a new map, with intensity. I won’t tell until it’s done! I find it hard to take time away! Work is, well, not work!

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Map… Interrupted

simple interior
Guess what I do in my down time? Here’s another newbie! This is a projection that took a bit for me to figure out. Once I did, I feel I came up with a real doozy!
 
The map shape (projection) is a bit unorthodox… in a good way! In fact the projection is called “Goode.” The neutral colors differentiate areas without interfering with the flow and will blend well with many interiors.
This was another request from a customer!
Oh yes, I’m pleased!

What? I Don’t Need to Poke Holes in My Travel Map?

I know, I’m not ashamed of being corny or cheesy when it comes to titles.
This is how I depend on my customers for new ideas. This is the brainstorm of a pilot who wants to show his young daughter where he travels for work! Brilliant!
So I developed a process and supply lines and here we are…
New Product Time!
Tired of putting pin holes in your Travel Map? Get one of these Magnet Receptive Travel Maps! Trace your travels while maintaining the integrity of your art. You can even used a dry erase marker on it! This is the first in a series.
Click Link!

Instant Gratification!

Our world is in excess with access! We can find information and products nearly anywhere. Yet Earth’s rotation hasn’t changed. The sun rises and sets, as it has in our memories. Some things change, some do not.

So is the nature of my little mapping business! 😉

I have decided to open some of my designs to imediate download, for printing or whatever resonable need. When you go to my site, look for the Category called “Instant Download.” I’ll be creating images specifically for this field!

Here’s one of my downloadable images Click!!!

Print

This Image Shows Warm and Cold Ocean Currents, Using Warm and Cool Colors in Digital Brush Strokes!

Prices tend to be lower for these products, because I don’t have any logistical and material needs, other than the original production time.

For printing, I recommend heavy card stock or quality gloss and matte paper. Larger prints can be taken to local office supply or print shops. They can be printed smaller than the notes dimensions. Larger….? Roll of the dice!

Boundary Waters Mural?

For those who are interested in my BWCA map, may like to hear I’m considering making a mural version.

The concept is easy:

1. The print would be on adhesive fabric and be installed like large stickers. There would be some overlap, to match panels at the seams.

2. Size in inches: 140” x 80”

3. Size in feet: 11.67’ x 6.67’

4. Number of panels: Five – 28” wide panels @ 80” high

5. Price: $400

Message me if you have any thoughts!

 

Here’s the original listing.

I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go? I’m going up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go? I’m going to some place where I’ve never been before.

Yes! The road calls. And I am listening! Soon, my friends, soon.

In the meantime, I’m focused on some new projects.

In case you haven’t found my shop… Here you go!

Ah yes. Projects. I have so much work, it’s crazy. If all my designs sold, I’d be rich! But, I find joy in the process. There is richness.

What news? I’ve been getting contacts from Australia, lately. I’ve sold to folks Down Under, in the past. The difference is the volume of work I’m sending there this month! It gives me a chance to test out some new packaging processes, I’ve worked on. Packaging for mounted maps is always a question mark, or just a pain in the butt. This time, I may have nailed it down!

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It resembles a crate!

I got a request for some custom work by a high profile client… I’ll let you know how that turns out. While you wait, Here are some samples of a very large pushpin map I’ve been putting together for them. I’m not sure about the colors, yet. It’s based on two different designs I’ve already produced.

There is a joy in developing new designs. I tell customers who have ideas they would like to purchase that I will come up with a concept and develop it to their specifics. If they decide not to go with it, it’s alright, I’ll post it anyway. Who knows, maybe someone else will buy it!? I’m rarely disappointed.

I may look at this one again, altering the color specs. Maybe it deserves to be less dark!

Be that as it may, I’m contemplating creating a listing for my ever popular BWCA map (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) as a mural! The five panels would be set up like wallpaper, with overlapping seams. The material is an adhesive fabric, which works well on many wall surfaces (not too textured). It stays as long as you want it and comes down without fight or residue. It can be reapplied, for a number of times.

My guess for the listing would be:

140”x80”
5 panels
$400

If there is interest, I’ll definitely proceed!

I’ve got a backlog of concepts and listing ideas. Life is too short! Wish I didn’t need a regular job!

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

…likely to add a pin to her beautiful world travel map!

Link: Desertscape

World Travel MapSoft, warm, and mysterious, like the vanquished heat at the end of the desert day, toward dusk. I will customize the title, if you wish. It comes mounted on foam board and ready for framing. I thought a steel gray or black frame would work nicely!

World Travel Map detail

Note Casablanca is on this detail… !

Yes! In case you wondered, it is the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Mothers travel, too!

The colors are subtle and blend with many decors.

My hope is that these designs evoke memories and dreams. They certainly have for me!

 

 

Send me concept ideas! I’d love to hear what people think!