View Full Version : Watercolour on Paper

11-10-2011, 04:35 PM
Hello there,

I'm working on a new map (2nd version of the board game I made a while ago).

I would like to achieve a watercolour on paper style like this map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/album.php?albumid=365&attachmentid=30346&commentid=474#picturecomment_474) made by RjBeals (http://www.cartographersguild.com/member.php?3069-RjBeals) or Quabbe (http://www.cartographersguild.com/member.php?10905-Quabbe)'s Caeruin map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/album.php?albumid=229&attachmentid=26536).

I've tried several things but I can't quite get the same result. Right now I am working with Inkscape on Linux. Even as I try to use a high quality paper texture as sublay or semi-transparent overlay, and as I use the texture effects like watercolor or felt, I can't seem to match this quality. I really like this style and it's really frustrating not to be able to achieve it.

Any guidance would be most welcome.
Thanks :)

11-10-2011, 06:07 PM
Oh well, perhaps I do know how to make watercolour. Here is what I'm working on so far, what do you think?

11-11-2011, 02:02 AM
I think it looks pretty, but the coasts seem a bit eaten away compared to the maps I'm used to ... various peninsulae* seem very thin.

*and the octopi so love their peninsulae extensive and fulsome ...

11-11-2011, 05:17 AM
With "penninsulae seem very thin" you're not talking about the texture, but about the coastline itself right?
If so I used a SVG from Wikimedia. I'm not trying to make it geographically perfect, it suits the purpose and that's what matters.
I like octopi ... nom nom nom.

11-21-2011, 09:33 PM
I make all my textures & effects using grunge overlays in photoshop. Just find a good pattern that fits, and paste as new layer, and then just change the blending options to either overlay or multiply or just experiment with different settings until you find something you like.

11-21-2011, 09:36 PM
speaking of Europe, here's my latest map (Work in Progress).Medieval Europe. Not completed yet, but a nice grungy texture. Looks like you are also creating a strategy Europe game map.


11-22-2011, 07:44 AM
Thanks :) I'm working with Inkscape, perhaps Gimp would have similar filters too.