This self-paced Watercolor Illustrated Maps 101 eCourse will teach you how to make an eye-catching artistic map of Paris, France! You can then use the knowledge you gain in this course to make maps for pleasure, take commissions, or sell your creations.


In order to create this map, I recommend:

  • Basic knowledge of how to use a dip pen (learn here)
  • Knowledge of how to use a program that will allow you to re-size images, like Photoshop or Microsoft Word

Necessary Supplies

You’ll need a few basic supplies in order to create this map. They are: watercolor paper, a pencil, Photoshop (or other software), printer, light box (optional), a dip pen + ink, and watercolors. See this document from the course PDF for details!

Note that you do not need extensive knowledge of how to create illustrations in order to take the course. I’ll teach you how to use a shortcut tracing technique in order to draw accurate landmarks! I’ll also walk you through how to use watercolors, including blending and shading techniques.

Watercolor Illustrated Maps 101 Course Layout

  • Lesson 1: Supplies + Draft
    • Video 1: Introduction and Supplies (3 minutes)
    • Video 2: Making a Digital Draft (9 minutes)
    • Video 3: Making a Pencil Draft (24 minutes)
    • Video 4: Adding Detail to Your Pencil Draft (15 minutes)
  • Lesson 2: Adding Ink
    • Video 1: Adding Ink -Part I (24 minutes)
    • Video 2: Adding Ink – Part II (25 minutes)
  • Lesson 3: Adding Watercolor to Landmarks
    • Video 1: Adding Watercolor to Landmarks – Part I (29 minutes)
    • Video 2: Adding Watercolor to Landmarks – Part II (17 minutes)
  • Lesson 4: The Big, Bad Background
    • Video 1: The bottom half of the background (40 minutes)
    • Video 2: The top half of the background (40 minutes)
    • Video 3: Evaluating the Map from a Distance (2 minutes)
    • Video 4: Adding the Finishing Touches (26 minutes)
  • Lesson 5: Digitizing the Map
    • Video 1: Digitizing Your Map Using Photoshop (10 minutes)

The total viewing time for this course is approximately four hours, but I’d recommend allocating at least two weeks to complete the course.

Once you purchase this listing, you will be given full access to the course videos and PDF! Please note that you must have an account on TPK to take the course. If you do not have an account, you can easily create one during the checkout process (or create one now). Once you checkout, you will receive an email with a link to the course, or you can find the course in your account.

55 reviews

  1. schumannamy

    This course is amazing, even for more advanced and experienced artists. I can usually figure out how to create a project just by seeing the finished artwork, but I decided to take this course because I plan to create simplified maps like this with my elementary students and wanted to see how Lindsey explained the steps. Not only does she show you her process, but she even walks you through her decision making – she discusses why she chooses to place an element or a color in a particular place as well as other options she was considering and why she chose against them. And such a modest fee for this great resource! For anyone not familiar with digitizing artwork, this course would be worth it just for that lesson. FYI an excellent free alternative to Photoshop is GIMP.

  2. Julie Brooks

    This was a wonderful course. I would recommend to anyone that would want to make a map for any occasion. I created a map of my hometown for my children, who are now adults, to show the popular places we would go to when visiting. The ice cream shop, the pizza place and a favorite restaurant to include a few. I even included their grandparent’s homes. We have a famous bridge that was the center illustration. The course is easy to follow.

  3. CD Smith

    The course is great for beginner watercolorist. The project is both challenging and fun!

  4. Gail Dine

    Lindsey’s watercolour illustrated map ecourse was wonderful!!! I had visited Paris and so I enjoyed her vista of the city.
    I learnt so much in the course, as Lindsey is a very patient and inspiring teacher. She has little tricks and helpful hints to enable you to achieve the outcome which you set yourself upon.
    I chose to do my birthplace town to be able to share with family members….. however, it’s still not completed due to different schedules and events.
    I’m encouraged to set myself a time frame and achieve this goal.
    One of the wonderful things about Lindsey’s courses is that you can go back over them and be helped again by Lindsey as you work through each stage…… and if you have questions second or third around Lindsey is still available to help with support.
    Thanks Lindsey

  5. Nora Armstrong

    This was such a great course!
    Lindsey is a very understandable teacher, it’s full of really good techniques, design tips and color theory. Since taking this course I have made several friendship maps. Highlighting the fun things my friends and I have shared. It really inspired me to play with the concept of maps. I recommend this class to anyone who wants a good experience with watercolors and inks right off the bat.

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