Assessment 2B

This video shows the process I undertook while doing my experiment about liquid density and marbling art. I began by using just one colour of enamel oil paint and dropped it into a tray of water. This attempt was unsuccessful as the paint did not spread across the top of the water as desired due to the higher density of the paint and ran off the paper when transferred. I then used different enamel oil paint and added some thinner into the paint in order for it to be less dense therefore spread more easily across the water. This proved effective as this spread easily and allowed the other colours of paint that I used to move across the water. I used skewers to move the paint in the water and observed that the paint ripples with the water giving it a swirled effect. I repeated this process and transferred the paint onto three different papers. The mixture of matte and gloss enamel paint varied when dry on the different papers which is clear on the printing paper and art paper. The photographic paper reduced the visibility of the difference between the matte and gloss paints as the paper itself makes all the paint have a glossy effect.



Through my research of mapping techniques I have discovered many different ways to map and different perspectives to mapping. Memory mapping, visual mapping, mind mapping and topographic mapping have given me an insight into different approaches I can use for my own map. Maps are generally used to present information to the viewer but I have discovered that it is possible to create a map that is also artistic and aesthetically pleasing which takes the basic idea of a map to a whole new level. 

I’ve also learnt a lot about blogging during this mapping experiment experience. This was my first experience of blogging and reflecting on my previous posts I have learnt that in future posts using more images of my progress while creating each map could have given a more detailed insight into the steps I took to create each map.

I have gained a wonderful insight into mapping and hope I am able to reflect my new found knowledge in my own map.

Visual Mapping

Finally, my last experimental map I’ve decided to create digitally. While researching, I came across many maps that used different objects or images that were put together to create a map. This collage style map inspired my final experiment in which I have created a map of the Australian flower emblems. I began by researching each flower emblem of the states in Australia and found the corresponding images of the flowers.

These are the images I used:

Sturt’s Desert Rose & Native Iris

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I took each flower and duplicated them in the form of each state in order to create a map of Australia.

This was my result:


By using images of flowers that represent each state I was able to discover mapping through visual sources. I also learnt that maps can be created digitally. Maps can use symbols to represent the information it presents without the need for words, creating a visually aesthetic image. I found this type of mapping an interesting approach as it appeals to those visual learners (such as myself) who find it easier to process and retain the information given from the map.

Word Mind Map

Searching through the internet can get you to strange corners of the internet or you may end up round and round in circles. I know I sure do. As a fun experiment I decided I’d map my journey through the internet by keeping tabs on the sites I’d been on. See how many times I revisited the same sites. I decided to set this out as a word mind map and track sites for about an hour during my leisurely internet explorations. I wrote down one holistic site and then wrote down the next completely different website I went on.

I first wrote each site in a list as I came across it as a basic guide for the map I would create at the end of the site tracking.


After this list I began mapping each site in a tree diagram method to show the course of my searches.

This was my result:


While doing this experiment I noticed things became a bit messy because of the multiple tabs I had open. I decided to overcome this by using the tree diagram to separate the tabs and show the moment I opened one tab to the time I closed it. I also didn’t repeat a site but overlapped it with a different tab. This created an interesting result and showed different branches of different lengths.

I learnt from the experiment that, mapping is not restricted to geographical places or factual maps but can be created for recreational uses. The map I created made me rethink how much I circle around the internet (and maybe how I could put my time to better use). This was a really enjoyable map to create as it was also a personal representation of my internet explorations.

Topographic Mapping

Topographic mapping is a mapping technique commonly used throughout geographical maps on countries. They are used to show different elevation levels throughout a terrain such as mountains to show their height above sea level.  It can be used for recreational purposes as well as by the government for urban planning and mining. While I researched this technique the shapes created by this type of mapping seemed very interesting and abstract. I also found that most of the maps showing this were natural landscapes. Through my research I decided to put my understanding to the test and attempt this kind of mapping on an urban landscape, and what better place to test this than the industrial site of Cockatoo Island. While exploring the island I had the many ups and downs of it. The steep steps and steep slopes as well as the variety of different shaped buildings created diverse levels throughout the island. I decided to map this using the techniques of topographic mapping on an urban landscape.

I studied the map I was given on the island which gave me an overall look of the different levels on the island.


I also re-examined some of the images I took on the island to gain a better idea of this aspect.


This is my final result of Cockatoo Island from an aerial viewpoint showing the different elevations of the island itself and the buildings on it.


This experiment demonstrated that topographical mapping is not restricted to natural terrain to show factual information but also can create an abstract art work using an urban landscape.

Mapping through Memory

Having researched different mapping techniques and exploring them in class, mapping through memory striked me as a particularly interesting one. Having lived in the same area my entire life I decided to put my memory to the test and experiment with mapping purely through my experience to see how much detail I could remember.

I challenged myself to take note of 10 things that seemed interesting and pin point them at the end of my walk on a map.

This is the route I took



I then took the same walk once again and pin pointed the actual position of that object to determine how close my memory of that position was.



These were the pin points; the purple shows where I thought the point was and the blue shows where the point actually was. I decided to take this map to another level by removing the map from underneath and showing just the points.

This was my final product



This experiment was challenging but I discovered that mapping from memory is possible even if our memory can be distorted at times. Our experience within an environment changes depending on the individual which also affects their memory and perception of it. My memory of the walk varied from the truth and produced a map that is unique to me. I have learnt that mapping is a unique experience for each individual, especially when mapping through memory.

Maps and Mapping

Maps. Generally speaking, the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of maps is a map of a city, country, or continent. However as I started to research further into maps I discovered that maps don’t simply consist of showing a place around the globe. They can be created through many different mediums and for many different purposes.

Maps can be used to develop thought processes and ideas or to simply present the idea itself. Through searching the internet I have found many different interpretations of maps that have been created by thinking outside the box.


time-for-maps:Ethnographische Karte von Europa. Auf F.v. Stulpnagel’s geogr. Feichnung Zusammengestellt von Potsdam Im Marz 1845; im Stich vollendet November 1846, von Madel II in Weimar. Gotha, bei Justus Perthes. 1847. [3175 × 2591]


Historical map of Hainan, Chinathe_gnarts:Found this while reading WP, doesn’t appear to have been posted here before. I reduced the resolution and uploaded it to imgur so as to not kill some browsers and cause WP unnecessary traffic.Link to the description on CommonsDirect link to huge version (11719 × 23437)The article I was readingI have no idea what any of the labels say.


Maps can depict historical timelines and statistics. it is this creative thinking that make maps applicable to nearly everything around us. I hope to further my understanding in maps and be able to consider a wide range of different maps and mapping skills for my own mapping project and experiment with those I find through my research.