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.

35 reviews

  1. bh0456

    I’ve watched up to the inking stage, and am thrilled with the quality and value of this course. I’ve learned so much already! I’ll be making a map of Cincinnati (it’s the Paris of southwestern Ohio – there’s even a mini-Notre Dame across the river!) to record a trip I’m taking there next month. I can’t wait to get started!

  2. Karen Curtis-Miller

    Can’t wait to create a map…hope it will be as beautiful as examples!

  3. Dee

    Loved this course and especially the help with color schemes. I revisited the lessons multiple times. 🙂

  4. Linda Hammond

    I have been looking for a course on calligraphy maps for ever! So looking forward to following this through to completion.

  5. Michelle McGee

    Bringing memories to life in a beautiful art form has kept me in my creative zone. The instructions give you the wings to fly and the courage to make it all yours in your own style. Thank you!

  6. Brenda Trejo

    This is a wonderful course that will lead you to create such beautiful pieces. It has already being said, but it’s worth every penny!

  7. kmansulich

    The best $15 I’ve ever spent on a video course. It’s jam packed with info. Not only a great map planning course but beginning watercolor as well. Don’t hesitate. Take it you’ll learn so much and feel capable at the end.

  8. Alisa

    I love this course. Can you make an article with more of yours maps? 🙂

  9. chrismkirk

    Such an informative and wonderful course. It is worth every penny.

  10. Susan Edmondson

    Not only did I learn a lot, but I had so much fun doing it, including some great armchair travelling! Highly recommended 😊

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