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. Nancy Hernandez

    This watercolor map course is one of my favorites! The step by step tutorial by Lindsey is really easy to follow along and create something beautiful. I was able to create a fun treasure map for my niece following along this tutorial.

  2. Megan Smead

    Great inspiration to dive back into my watercolor set!

  3. dayaalp

    What a beautiful course!! This gave me the punch to put in paper some of the travels I’ve done through Asia!! The better way to remind me these times…😍😍😍

  4. Christine

    Such a great course. Lindsey walks us through each step of the process. I would have had no idea how to do these watercolor maps if she hadn’t walked me through them. This project gave me the desire to try using watercolor. I love it.

  5. Chrys

    Thanks to Lindsey’s skill at teaching people like me who do not have an art background, I was able to make a really unique and fun rendition of my friend’s new location in Florida. She was so pleased and even hung it on her wall. The steps are clearly laid out and the videos very well done and manageable. Thank you, Lindsey.

  6. laurascavone

    I bought this course AFTER making two different maps for two weddings. I wish I had taken the course first! I did a lot of manipulating of images in Photoshop with filters to make the images look painterly. The images created using a light table are much more beautiful!

  7. Cynthia Nunes

    I took this course over a year ago and I am still excited about it! Fun, and so easy to follow along. It inspired me to paint a huge map that I work on when I have time. Engaging and filled with excellent tips and tricks to help make any ink and watercolor project great!

  8. Jamie K.

    I really loved this class! It was so easy to follow the video instructions to create the Paris map and then I used those skills to create a handmade Cleveland map for my brother for Christmas. It turned out so good that I didn’t even want to give the gift to him! hahaha. Anyhow, the video is easy-to-follow, broken down into manageable chunks, and contains plenty of information that can be translated into your next map project!

  9. Carl C

    I bought this as a gift for my wife. She has always loved watercolor and is busy learning calligraphy so I thought she would enjoy this class.

  10. shharris622

    One of my favorite TPK courses! This course is amazing and walks you through each step in an incredibly thoughtful and easy way! A great place to start for anyone looking to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of art!

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