Maps and My Workbench

Snow again.  A few more inches of the wet stuff, melted by this afternoon, but it held a cool breeze and temps in the 30˚s all day… so I didn’t venture out too far.  Sometimes you have to do laundry and dishes, you know!

I did wander out to the studio… anxious to do SOMETHING  creative.

I took one of my old topo maps… and decided to glue it down to my workbench.

mapOh!  Ick!

Let me say that AGAIN!  Ick!  It looked horrid!  Nasty!  Disgusting!  I can’t have a work surface like that!  Holy toledo…

I spent the next HOUR scraping that all off!

Well, just how creative was THAT?

Let’s try again.

Smaller this time.


I used ripped edges.  Smooth edges.  Burned edges.

I didn’t overlap too much, I don’t think I’m a fan of the uneven surface, and it doesn’t bother me that the wood shows around the maps.  I liked this look, but I think I’ll go ahead and create maps that fit more like puzzle pieces, not exact, but too much overlay I think I’ll grow to dislike…

I’ll have my drafting table for a perfectly smooth surface, but this must be similar!

I still like this idea, but a little tweaking will have to be done!



Maps and My Workbench — 4 Comments

  1. I like the idea of burned edges… 🙂
    Do you plan to put a thick coat of polyurethane or that clear thick coating you see at restaurants where shells are encased in a clear layer on the table tops (I don’t know what it is called)?

    Sorry that you had to endure that headache, but I have to say, I like the multiple smaller maps look better! 🙂

    • Poly will yellow… the other stuff I’ve used before and would have to have an edge to hold it in, (we used it on our bar!), or I could just coat with Mod Podge! I have to order more, used what I had to glue the maps down, my other bottles were so old, they had hardened… so another project on delay while I purchase supplies!

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