Treasure Map

I enjoyed practicing and experimenting with different techniques and mediums to create this page. As I created this page, it reminded me of the kites at the St. Annes Kite Festival and I was also transported back to my childhood and into the fantasy world of pirates and looking for buried treasure (grin!).

I started by drawing a faint outline of the map using a pencil and then applied some Tea Dye Distress Ink using a blending tool which I then dabbed with a baby wipe to create an old worn look to the map. I then added an outline so the map had a defined edge using a black Uni Pin marker to create a border around the edge of my page. I coloured the border using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker by applying the ink to an acrylic block and painting the inks using a paintbrush. Next I outlined the land with Baked Earth and Willow Derwent Intense pencils by applying the pencil directly to the page and using a wet paintbrush to blend the colours. I also added small dots of Chocolate Spectrum Aqua marker around the edges of the land too. The mountains are drawn using the same Chocolate Spectrum Aqua marker and shaded using a Tan Spectrum Aqua marker. I stamped the pirates ship sitting in Pirates Cove using black Archival Ink and coloured it using Derwent Intense Pencils, I had fun stamping the wording “Yo ho yo ho …” too. In fact I spent quite a bit of time stamping all the wording on this map using individual wooden mounted letter stamps from Dovecraft and black Archival Ink; making up the different names and places was great fun too! I embellished the different places with a crab, starfish and tropical flowers which are rub-on transfers and also a sandcastle, some sea shells, tropical flowers and a treasure chest which are stickers. I made some of the elements from card toppers too, like the sea monster and mermaid tail and the gold in the treasure chest is made from gold outline stickers and pearl gems. All the pirate flags are stamped using black Archival Ink and the palm tree is hand drawn, fussy cut and coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils. The map trail that joins the different places together and big black “X” are also hand drawn using a black Uni Pin marker. Next I painted the sea by concentrating the colour along the shore line and adding the waves using Salty Ocean Distress Ink; I did this by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and using a paintbrush to apply it to the page. Then I stamped a compass by Graphic 45 from Hampton Art using black Archival Ink on the top of the page.  The banner is also a stamp by 7 Gypsies from Hampton Art and is stamped using black Archival Ink onto the page and also onto a piece of white paper. I coloured both of the banners with the Baked Earth and Willow Derwent Intense pencils and stamped “Treasure Map” in the centre of the one I stamped onto the paper using the letter stamps and black Archival Ink. I then cut out the central section of the banner with the wording on it from the paper and stuck it over the one that I had stamped onto the page. To finish, I outlined the banner with a black Uni Pin marker.

We enjoyed the St. Annes Kite Festival last weekend, it started with night kite flying and fireworks on Friday night.

Many of the kites reminded me of my page including this crab …

… these fish bobbing along …

… this parrot who I can just imagine saying “pieces of eight” …

… and of course the many sea monsters (grin!).

New to the festival this year was a land yachting demonstration which was great fun to watch too!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Yvonne from Meggy’s way, who is hosting A World of Fantasy challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my dreams of buried treasure.

I’m pleased to join the Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as I used the rock/pebble colours and you can find beaches and seashores as part of my art journal page design.

As “B” stands for “buried treasure” and “beach”, I’m pleased to join the I spy with my little eye something beginning with “B” challenge over at Stamping Sensations.

As my treasure map goes round and round, I’m also joining the Going Round & Round challenge over at The Artistic Stamper too.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Stamps and Stencils and their It’s been a while … Anything Goes challenge.

As my page links to childhood, I’m reminding you that your still have time to join our Childhood challenge at Try it on Tuesday too!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Salty Ocean)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (Baked Earth 1800. Willow 1900, Poppy Red 400, Field Green 1500)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Chocolate, Tan)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm)
  • Home Bargains (Mini Stamps & Ink – Pirates)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set upper and lower case (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO135)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Vintage cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Craft Planet Metallic Waterfall Stickers (Beach PO#9622)
  • Eco Craft Go Create (Hunk of Junk Pirate Island)
  • Hunkydory Luxury Toppers (Eastern Promise)
  • Magenta Style Outline Stickers (Daisy Gold 93326G)
  • Home Bargains Sticker Mania (Gel Stone Stickers 74748)
  • UHU Stic

46 thoughts on “Treasure Map

  1. I love your pirate map Jo. What a clever idea for a journal page. And it came out great too. And I love seeing all the kites. That must have been an amazing event to see. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Not sure where to begin here, but I know how long it must have taken you to create this page, especially stamping each of those little letters, which you did perfectly. I would have surely gotten one of the letters upside down or backward.

    One thing caught my eye. I thought the pearls on the pirate’s chest were used pop up tab thingies (technical term for I have no idea what they are called) that lift your soft drink cans. Of course, I loved the treasure map and it looked exactly like one with the mountains looking exactly perfect, too. Thanks for sharing this incredible map with us at Art Journal Journey.

    I loved the kites, but my favorite was the kitty, of course. BTW, my friend Joseph called me last week to tell me that Ellie Mannette, the man who invented the steel drum, died last week on the 29th. At the time, Joseph had just learned about it, and didn’t know anything more at that time. Ellie’s assistant called Joseph because they were good friends and he had stayed with Joseph when he came to L.A.

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    • Thanks very much! It was a fun make and I had to concentrate hard when I was stamping the letters …lol 😉. I think it looks a little like a child’s illustration which I was going for. So nice to hear from your friend Joseph and sad news about Ellie Mannette, he must have been an amazing person! Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊 x


  3. I love your fantasy treasure map and would willingly join you hunting the treasure. The lettering looks great it must have taken you ages to do and I love the map itself, I can see [in my imagination] mermaids near England and maybe we are in a much warmer part of the world, perhaps the Mediterranean sea near Italy.
    I remember drawing maps as a child it was fun then and I imagine it must have been such fun for you to do . A real trip down Fantasy memory lane.
    Thank you so much Jo for adding this awesome page to my Art Journal Journey theme.
    I love the photos of the kites, it looks like it was a great event to see.
    Have a good weekend Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much! I did have fun creating this page and was transported back to my childhood 😁. It’s fantasy so let’s have hot tropical shores and waters around England to hunt for our treasure with maybe a little Italian pasta and frizzante wine for lunch …lol 😉. Thanks for choosing such a great theme at AJJ this month and wishing you a good weekend too! J 😊 x


  4. Wonderful idea with a treasure map, and I’m sure you had fun creating it. Love the kite photos. On windy days you see a lot of people at the Rhine flying kites, too. It’s always great to watch. Enjoy your weekend and your visitors! Valerie

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  5. Your treausure map page is simply AMAZING Jo! I am in awe of it and I am thrilled about all the techniques you used to get this fabulous result! WOW! What a fantastic entry for all the challenges you linked to. I am specially happy to see you linking to Art Journal Journey again! So much appreciated as you know! ♥♥♥ And those kites! What a terrific event to enjoy! That would be something for my inner child to watch all this fantasty characters on the sky! So beautiful! Thank you for joining AJJ and thank you for sharing your progress and those amazing photos with us all!
    Happy weekend my friend!
    Hugs Susi

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  6. Treasure maps are exciting. I used to make them and found them exciting even when I was the one who had hidden the treasure I was finding lol Yours is much fancier than any I ever made 🙂

    Those kites would be fabulous to watch. So much variety, so many in the sky!

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    • So funny… glad you enjoyed them …lol …I’ve been on treasure hunts that someone else has organised and they are so much fun …lol 😉. The kites look amazing and you can even see some of them from our house …lol 😉. Happy weekend! J 😊 x


  7. Wooowwww I love your Art journal page Jo !! It´s soooo gorgeous, funny, fabulous !!! 🙂 really interesting your treasure map!! Don´t want to be in the Monster´s zone !!
    Thank you very much for sharing those so beautiful photographs with us, they are very beautiful!
    I wish you a very nice new week, big hugs, Caty

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  8. What a fabulous event Jo, i’d love to visit and see all those colours dancing around in the sky.
    Love your map, reminds me of my childhood too.. Thank you for sharing over at Paperbabe Stamps and joining in with the challenge. Your support is very much appreciated sweetie.
    Big Hugs and sorry I am late, i’m chasing my tail at top speed at the moment.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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