Illustrated Map Workshop with Emma Gundlach

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Our Illustrated Watercolor Map workshop, held at the Creative Tribe studio, was a blast! The walls of the studio were covered with every kind of map you could imagine, from vintage road maps to illustrated city maps. Books filled with colorfully designed cityscapes and muted geographical graphics covered the tables.

Before we dove into the project, guests walked around the studio mingling and drawing inspiration while mingling with the other guests. Flipping through books and armed with their own ideas, we snacked on zucchini & banana bread, artisan crackers and cheese, and juicy watermelon! As everyone grabbed a cold beverage, we began to take our spots to begin the lesson by guest expert, Emma Gundlach.

Emma, a Texas native, grew up painting water colors of her farm animals and plants on her property. While attending school in Savannah, Emma found a love for detailed line work and began to study cartography. Today, she creates detailed maps and will occasionally commemorate special events, such as weddings and travels. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

Following the introduction, we began to draft our illustrated maps. Starting out on regular paper, ideas of neighborhoods, far off places, and those close to our hearts began to take shape. We transferred our ideas onto watercolor paper using pencil, then traced over with a craft pen. The last step (and most exciting) was to add color with watercolor paint!

As the projects came to a close, we shared our maps and the reasons for choosing our locations. One guest painted the Moscow subway line, as an ode to her abroad studies in the Russian Capital, while another created a map of special spots in Tucson where she and her husband created memories!

Our first Illustrated Map workshop was so inspiring! Everyone was able to create a piece to bring home that held a special place in their heart.

Guest Instructor: Emma Gundlach

Photographer: Katie Burkholder

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