A while back, I shared my first venture into creating very economical large maps to fit in high quality long, narrow frames you can buy cheaply at thrift stores. I started with an antique map of London, but always knew I wanted an even larger antique Paris map from 1643. I bought the frame at a thrift store a couple of months ago, and finally got around to printing the map at Staples (a $4.95 engineering print). The next step was disassembling the frame, and keeping all the parts.
Here’s what the original print looked like.
As with the other map, I antiqued the b/w print with instant coffee.
Then I applied spray adhesive to the original foam core print that was in the frame. When you antique with coffee the print paper gets rippled, which adds to the antique look. But it means you have to flatten it out onto the original piece of art that was in the frame. Just be careful to avoid any wrinkles or bubbles–spray adhesive allows you to pull up the print and reposition it with no trouble. (This frame is nearly 4 feet long.)
Then you simply reassemble the frame, insert the new map…and you’re done. Pretty cool, eh? You can find lots of antique, public domain maps online–so try making one of your favorite city. This whole thing cost me about $10, including the engineering print. I think I might hang the smaller London map and this one together.