DIY: Making Maps with Distress Inks

We begin all our history unit studies with a map of the region we are learning about. For our Ancient Roman unit, we used a map from the workbook “Greek & Roman Mythology”, scanned it and opened it in the Silhouette program. We used the “trace tool” to trace the map and create a stencil. We used the erase tool to clean it up so it would just be a stencil of the map of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding areas. Then my eight-year old traced the map, embossed the bordered and filled in the areas with distress inks. The finished project was labeled and placed in his main lesson book for Ancient Rome along side a paragraph narration about the founding of Rome. Check out the process in the video.

This project uses the Silhouette Cameo cutting tool and program. To find information about this amazing digital cutter check

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