Carving a linoleum world map

So my youngest brother came to me with this project. He wanted to carve a world map out of linoleum, and then paint it and hang it on his wall. He didn’t even know most people actually just use linoleum to stamp with and not as the end product. But that just made it so much more fun!

Making a linoleum world mapCarving the world map into linoleum

We didn’t find a piece of linoleum big enough for the world map so we got 3 pieces and split the map in 3. We found a world map outline on google, printed it, and then transferred it onto the linoleum with carbon copying paper.

World map carving and stamping with linoleumLinoleum stamping world map

After that we used the little carving tool thingies to cut out the outlines. My brother just wanted the linoleum to hang it on his wall, but now that we had it anyway I wanted to try stamping with it as well. Because the linoleum has to be on the wall and look correctly, the stamp is actually mirrored. So if you do not want to hang the linoleum as your end product, make sure you carve out the world map mirrored! I quite like our stamping result as well, and I think I might just try and find a nice frame somewhere and actually hang it in my house. I think the fact that it is mirrored makes it a little more special, plus it is a good memory of a nice afternoon spend with my brother.

World map linoleum carving

So we painted the linoleum a little more black after we were done with the stamping, and then started filling out the carving with bright green paint. We used the smallest paint brushes we could find for this.Linoleum world map carving

After drying the green paint with a hairdryer, we used the paint roller again to make sure only the carvings were green and none of the non-carved surface.

Linoleum carved world map

And voila, the end result. So I kept the stamp we made, and my brother took the linoleum plaques home. He hasn’t send me a picture of how he has hung them yet, but I’m sure I will see it soon!

P.S. Yesterday I visited the Fries Museum with my mom to see an exposition about knitting. It was really cool, and I took home some free knitting patterns they had, but I don’t actually know how to knit yet. So today my mom came by and gave me a book about knitting. She will teach me the basics (which are also in the book), but then the book also has a lot of different patterns and ways to knit, so I’m excited to start soon!

A string art world map – My first blog project!

Welcome everyone! So this will be my first project that I will post online, so I am a little scared 🙂

I am absolutely addicted to Pinterest, and I love maps and traveling. So when I found a photo of a world map done in string art I fell in love. I will just link to the Etsy Shop of the first string art world map I found. I am not sure if this is the original creator, as there are now hundreds of photos of people doing these on Pinterest.

String art world map

So this is my end result, now let’s see how I got there 🙂

String art world map supplies

I started with a world map I found on google images and enlarged in Words and printed. I still had a wooden lid of a box which I used as the underground. As the box is outside on my balcony as a planter so it doesn’t need a lid. Then I had some oil to oil the plank, but this is not a necessity. And of course some nails, a hammer and several colors of string. I also had some very thin paper I use for copying sewing patterns.

DSC_7355String art world map tutorial

I copied the world map onto the thin paper, because I wanted to be able to re-use the world map I printed. Then I put the copy onto the wooden plank and started putting in the nails with my hammer. This is actually not as easy as it might look, and I had a few nails go a little sideways or crooked, oops. Then I took the first colour of string and started ‘colouring’ in Africa, then South America, and then the rest of the world.

String art world map end result

And voila, my end result, as displayed in my living room. I am actually quite happy with the result! 🙂