Maps are the theme for Mixed Media Monday this week! I LOVE maps – they tells us so much about our surrounds and other parts of the world. I am also a girl that can read maps (believe it or not!). The map used in this piece has been saved for such a special occasion. It shows the way from home to our usual holiday destination in the Otway ranges, not far from Lavers Hill (it’s been covered up with the doorway). The house location is just near the bird’s beak – it is set next to the State Forest, between towering eucalyptus trees, but close enough to the ocean that we can hear the waves roaring at night.
So here is my ode to maps and the birds and trees in the Otway ranges.
After creating a rough sketch in my notebook, I cut out pieces of thick board to shape and covered them with the selected map pieces. They were placed in a flower press overnight to help them dry flat. A coat of Gesso was applied to tone down the bright map colours. Next I outlined the pieces with a black Derwent pencil and coloured in the Autumn Leaves bird (by Rhonna Farrer). I took these colours into the border. Added some gold highlights. Stuck on the doorway and the bird, with double sided tape. Text by hand with black Derment pencil. Punched holes, added eyelets and linked the pieces together with jump rings. Stuck icy pole sticks on with double sided tape. Found a stick in my yard to tie the piece onto with black ribbon and bows (it’s sitting just out of the photo).
I’m pleased with it, even though my husband couldn’t understand why the bird needed a map. I pointed out that that was the point – she didn’t need the map, so she could build her house with it.
Keep your spirit alive by creating art!