Jasper Johns-Inspired Map Flag - Project #233
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water
Jasper Johns is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker who is well known for his depictions of the American flag. Turn a map into a Jasper Johns inspired painting of your own! This project also has an instructional video available!
Step 1Start with a rigid board or canvas. You can choose from corrugated board, foamboard, Cut Edge canvas panel or chipboard.
Step 2Cut one piece measuring 3-1/2 x 4" and a second piece measuring 6-1/2 x 10".
Step 3Print or re-purpose 2 maps of the USA. Using an Elmer’s Extra Strength Glue Stick, glue the maps on the boards. Coat the boards with Liquitex Clear Gesso and allow to dry. The clear gesso will make the surface ready for painting.
Step 4Paint the small piece blue, allowing some of the map to show through. Let dry.
Step 5Print the flag template. Cut out the star field. Using carbon or graphite paper, trace the star field onto the blue piece. Paint the stars white.
Step 6Cover the large map with 1/2" wide masking tape strips. This will make your guide for the flag stripes.
Step 7Starting with the second strip, remove every other strip of tape. Using white watercolor, paint the exposed map stripes. Allow the map to show through a bit. Use a small amount of blue in your watercolor to give it an Expressionist look.
Step 8When the paint is dry, replace the masking tape strips and remove the unpainted strips. Paint the red stripes, again using a small amount of white and blue to create an Expressionist look. When dry, remove all the tape.
Step 9Glue the blue star field on top of the red and white stripes to finish the flag.
Optional: Example 1Cut Edge canvas and acrylic
Optional: Example 2Chipboard and colored pencil
Optional: Example 3Foamboard and Expressionistic watercolors
- Elmer's Extra Strength Glue Sticks - 0.28 oz., 24-count (E-E554)
- Elmer's Extra Strength Glue Sticks - 0.28 oz., 2-count (E-E526)
- Elmer's Extra Strength Glue Sticks - 0.88 oz., 12-count (E-E532)
- Elmer's Extra Strength Glue Sticks - 0.88 oz., 1-count (E-E527)
- Liquitex Clear Gesso - Pint (W-7616)
- Liquitex Clear Gesso - Quart (W-7632)
- Sally's by Saral Wax-Free Artists' Graphite Paper Roll (SRL-001)
- Shurtape Economy Masking Tape - 1/2 x 60 yds. (STI-100455)