I saw someone make a topographic map of their state on some other site that I can’t think of right now and thought that I’d like to make my own state map. They mounted theirs on wood and used tiny parallel strips for theirs and I didn’t want to get into a project that would take a week to complete so I opted instead to use a new technique I just figured out that goes by a few different names: beehive, continuous scroll, boucle, popcorn, etc. I plan to make a video tutorial on it since written instructions for the technique just don’t relay exactly how to do it and it’s very easy. It’s also a great way to fill up large spaces quickly. What I like about it is that it provides a pattern without it being too uniform. It’s also very dense. The other amazing aspect of it is that every time you add a chunk to it, they blend seamlessly. You can’t really tell where one begins and another ends.
Anyways, to make this map it was pretty simple. I found an image of Maine on the web and printed it off so it would fit on an 11×14 background. I half-traced, half-freehanded the outline and then sketched in the basic shape, size, and location of the major rivers and lakes.
I filled in the rivers and lakes with a few similar shades of blue then filled in around them with the beehive quill.
The entire piece was done with 1/8″ quilling strips and it took me two long evenings of work to complete it.