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close this bookThe World Map Project (Peace Corps)
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Coloring the map


your colored copies of the map section sheets
latex or acrylic paint
containers for paint (screw-on lids sometimes stick)
plastic spoons/cups (for mixing/stirring paint)
brushes of a variety of sizes (small-tipped brushes will keep many painters busy)
rollers and pans (for really big jobs)
rinse water cans
soap and water (for washing brushes)
newspapers (for catching drips)
paper towels
large erasers for removing the ocean grid lines

Mixing Colors

If you can't get ready-mixed colors, here are some recipes you may want to try. Except for ocean blue, which calls for a half quart of white, the others are measured in teaspoonfuls, as you need only a small amount of each (depending on the size of your map, of course):

Ocean blue = 1/2 quart of white + 3-5 teaspoonfuls of blue
Green = 4 yellow + 2 blue
Light Green = 7 yellow + 1 blue
Purple = 4 red + 2 blue
Lavender = 5 white + 2 purple
Pink = 5 white + 3 red Orange = 5 yellow + 3 red

Mixing tips

Colors need to be light so that map labels will show up. To prevent a color from becoming too dark, always put the light color in your cup first and add the darker color bit by bit. Always shake your paint before and after mixing for best consistency.

Non-paint possibilities:

wide-tipped colored markers (waterproof)
colored pencils and sharpeners
white cover-up for errors
colored tissue paper

To color:

1. Test your colors to make sure they cover your grid lines. If not, erase the affected grid lines. Light colors like yellow may not cover grid lines, even with 2 or 3 coats; mixing a little white with the color may help.

2. Pre-code country colors on the large map. Although mapmakers can consult the colored section sheets, facilitate the process further by putting an appropriate dot of color in each country. This will eliminate questions and confusion while your group is coloring.

3. Decide how you'll color the background area surrounding your oval map, the corner emblems (optional), and a rectangular border (optional).

4. Alert mapmakers to any special care of materials, e.g. how to wash brushes.

5. Devise a work strategy similar to the one you developed for drawing the map. Alternately, develop a job chart. Go over tasks and roles with your mapmakers. In addition to painters, you'll also need map checkers and cleaner-uppers.

6. Paint your map:

· For best consistency, always shake your paint before using it.
· Alert painters to the "danger" of painting adjacent to a still-wet country. Colors could mix at the border.
· If grid lines cross your oceans, erase the lines or touch up with paint.