Yesterday I posted the image below on Instagram. It was created using last weekends freebie. When I created the texture, I knew that it was perfect for a map. So when I got some free time, I made my version of a map.

Beside the main texture, I needed some elements. I went through the few photos on my laptop and came across the water lily photo I took in Thailand with the Sony DSC-HX1 bridge camera.

I opened the photo in Affinity Photo, duplicated the layer, then set about playing with the Distort>Mirror Filter. I came up with 4 different kaleidoscope looks. Next I  cut out the designs and pasted them into my new document with the texture layer.

Water Lily Original Photo
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 2
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 4
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 4
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 1
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 1
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 3

My next step was converting the portion of the kaleidoscopes into black and white, then changing the blending modes and Opacity. I duplicated each element and made my own kaleidoscope image.

Water Lily Kaleidoscope 1 With Color Burn
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 1 With Color Burn
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 3 With Color Burn
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 3 With Color Burn
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 2 With Color Burn
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 2 With Color Burn
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 4 With Hard Light
Water Lily Kaleidoscope 4 With HardLight

The last thing I added while still on my laptop, was the directions. I used American Typewriter font, and to create the gold foil look, I used gold foil, from my Foil Textures and created clipping masks. I then added a slight 3D effect to the letters.

I saved the file to iCloud and used my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create the dotted “path”. I then drew the red “X” and drew a black outline around it. Guess I should mention I also have the iOS version of Affinity Photo.

The Zone - Digital Art
The Zone – Digital Art

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