Traveling is fun! And very important, I think, to get to know our planet and how different people inhabit it around the world. I love globes and got this one a couple years ago at The Goodwill – see more DIY ideas in Decorating with: Globes. I was getting sick of the colors so I thought a fresh coat of white paint with pencil-drawn countries would look rad. I also thought it’d be cute to go a step farther and use a stamp pad to put fingerprints on the locations where Joey and I have traveled… he has me beat because of all his touring with The Click Five. We started with a layered (heart) thumbprint over Utah, which was where we first met!
I love the minimal look with the personal touch! What do you think? Where is your favorite travel spot? If you do this project I’d love to see a pic! Post it @mrkatedotcom and #mrkate! xx
- white paint
- paint brush
- charcoal pencil
- spray sealant
- ink pad (s)
- painters tape (optional)
- Remove your globe from it’s base or if you can’t take it apart, use the painter’s tape to protect the base and frame.
- Paint your globe and let dry.
- Before using the charcoal pencil, use your pencil with eraser to lightly draw your continent outlines on your globe. This pencil allows for mistakes because you can erase. Tip: Many globes have raised areas for mountain ranges which makes it easier to identify where to draw the continents – take a photo of the globe on all sides before you paint to help you draw your outlines.
- Go over your pencil outlines with the darker charcoal pencil for a more smudged, vintage look. Tip: use your finger to slightly smudge the lines more if you like a more blended line.
- Spray sealant over the entire globe to seal the charcoal from smearing.
- Thumb print where you’ve been and let your inner travel bug free to prepare your next trip and next print!