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. Sarah Cooper

    This is a great course! The tuition videos are clear and helpful. They are well produced and presented – easy to watch and work along to. The course has clear modules to help you through, they are a well considered length and guide you towards you goal of making a map. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part, and I have a nice map that I’m proud of.

  2. Chrissie

    This is a really fun course, and Lindsey is an excellent teacher. She walks you through everything step by step, including the beginning stages of finding your desired location on a map and searching for reference photos of important landmarks. She includes great tips on working with watercolors, so even complete beginners can do this project and end up with a beautiful result. If you’re on the fence about this course, just try it. Lindsey will guide you through everything, and you can always contact her if you have questions. You’ll be surprised at the lovely artwork that you can create when you have a great teacher!

  3. Hannah

    I really enjoyed doing this course. It’s easy to follow and gives you all the skills and knowledge to start practicing and making your own maps of your favourite places. I’d previously been learning calligraphy and really enjoyed being able to use calligraphy and other lettering styles to make something that was personal and a great memento of my favourite cities. I would really recommend!

  4. Laura Bicherl

    One of my favorite things to do is travel! When I return home from someplace wonderful, I usually put together a day-by-day drawing/painting in a sketchbook based on journal notes, photos I took, and memories of the tastes, smells and sounds of what it was like to be there. Years later, it still brings back those feelings.
    Several years ago, I traveled to Venice and Florence with a group of artists. I put together a map of Florence after pouring over Lindsey’s beautiful course on map-making. That was such an inspired (and clever!) way to summarize all the adventures packed into that amazing trip.
    I find Lindsey’s course material to be thorough, clear, and very thoughtfully presented for all levels of experience. But the best part is the inspiration to create something new and different, which you then get to tuck away in your toolbox of ways to express yourself and carry it with you forever.

  5. Amy Fujimoto

    This was my first class I purchased and it’s been my favorite because it combined calligraphy with watercolor painting. It’s also a class that has no deadline. Once you have it, it’s yours forever. And Lindsey will always answer any question you have about it to help you with it. Thank you, Lindsey!

  6. Giselle Rosier

    So inexpensive for this professional art instruction course!!! You cannot spend your money better for fun learning! I have thoroughly enjoyed this course so much and learned an incredible amount- about calligraphy, graphic design, watercolor supplies and techniques,. I love how it is organized in sections. I enjoyed everything about this course, including starting my portfolio with this as my first finished piece.

  7. Cheryl C.

    Great map course! Lots of fun and the step by step instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I have made a couple maps so far and the recipients were very impressed. Of course not as good as Lindsey’s maps but so much fun!

  8. Alisa

    Great, great course. I love watch it all over again.

  9. Debbie Jones

    I purchased this video course a while ago. I am learning calligraphy and watercolour at the same time and this looked like an awesome challenge. The video has very clear, step by step instructions to take you through the entire process. The written instructions are very clear too.

  10. Debbie Jones

    I bought this video course a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it! The video takes you through each step very thoroughly and the written instructions are very clear. I am learning watercolour and calligraphy at the same time so thought this would be a good challenge.

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