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. Kim

    I loved doing this course. It was thorough and easy to follow and the map I ended up making for a friend’s wedding turned out beautiful!

  2. Louise D

    Looking at your location from a different perspective! Wow! Then getting the ability to spring open the watercolours and bring it to life!
    Lindsey guides you effortlessly through the steps. Great project looking to do more versions.

  3. Ivonne

    I thoroughly enjoyed taking this watercolor map tutorial!! Lindsey is a wonderful teacher and always impresses me on her very creative ideas! Her guidance throughout and tips on how to anything is very clear and precise!! Can’t wait to try another fabulous project!! Cheers and thk you Lindsey!!

  4. jscanmoore

    This course taught me how to simplify complicated subjects (buldings, leaves on trees) and how to layer color for maximum contrast to make it pop. I would highly recommend the course.

  5. Antonine Federico Koval

    This is one of the best classes offered by TPK! The instructions are easy to follow and the results are beautiful and personal, The watercolor tips and ideas for what to include as illustrations are really helpful and inspirational. You don’t have to be a “great artist” to make a great map. I took the class several years ago and created a life story map as an anniversary gift for my husband. He was very impressed!

  6. jkhsno

    Super cool class. It was fun to paint interesting place in my hometown.

  7. Judy Crawford

    I learned so much from this course. It was my first attempt at watercolor and it got me hooked. Lindsey is a great teacher; very methodical and step by step.
    The views of how and what she is working with are very clear and easy to follow.

  8. Debby

    I loved working through this course, in fact, a friend bought it too and we had fun sharing our progress and sending each other pictures since we couldn’t be together. We both went on to use this idea of watercolor mapping to recreate places we love too. That is what I love about the courses or projects that Lindsey shares. They inspire other personal projects that I have created and given as very personal gifts to specific people who have always greatly appreciated them.

  9. Dani

    LIndsay is a wonderful artist and teacher! This course was end to end very specific and I was able to immediately make maps for both of my son’s weddings! Highly recommend!

  10. Quinn Myers

    This is a fantastic course! I’m so proud of my Paris map; it was definitely a labor of love and I like the way that Lindsey guided me through the process. I bought this course a few years ago, and since then I have completed/am working on several other maps of places that I love. I’m so glad I bought this course, and it is more than well worth the money! I love the ability to pour a lot of work into making something beautiful to celebrate a place that I love. Thank you, Lindsey, for a wonderful course!!!

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