DIY: How to Create and Draw a Treasure Map
Updated: 11 Aug 2018
Below is a technique for transforming a paper sheet to look like an antique scroll or an old treasure map.
It is best to use quality paper for pencil drawing but regular paper, such as printer paper, will do fine too.
How to Create an Antique Looking Paper
Step 1: Burning the Edges of the Paper
This step is optional.
Using fire is dangerous and produce smoke. It should be done outdoor and under a grownup supervision.
Step 2: Coloring the Paper Sheet
For an old and faded look, immerse the paper for several minutes in water with concentrated tea or coffee.
After receiving the desired shade, remove the paper from the dark liquid and let it dry on paper towels.
To speed up the drying process it is possible to dry the paper outside or to use a hair dryer.
It takes time to prepare an old looking paper and wait for it to dry. Therefore, it is advisable to prepare several paper sheets in advance.
How to Draw an Antique Treasure Map
Drawing an antique treasure map or a pirate scroll in 2 steps:
A ruler can be used.
Objects to Add for a Treasure Map
It is helpful to use reference photos or search the web for concept art to add to the pirate map.
Objects that can be added to a treasure map:
Legend: Understanding signs such as trails, trees, mountains, treasure, buildings, etc.
Map readability: Compass rose, scale bar, longitude, latitude and even altitude lines.
Marine symbols: Ship, anchor, steering wheel, marine navigation devices and so on.
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