The map is a vintage early 20th century Rand McNally road map with absolutely beautiful colors and amazing details for a piece of paper more than 100 years old. Both pieces featured the two cardinals and three trillium, but were arranged differently.
So how is one of these pieces made? I start with knowing the finished size and finding an appropriate map (copyright expired) to use as a background. The map is then cleaned and ironed, as well as inspected for any tears or marks that need to be repaired or covered. I then attach the paper to a stiff interfacing using either glue or fusible web. The collage is built on top, then framed behind acid free mat board.
If you'd like to see the whole process of making the collaged birds, check out the new videos available from Quilting Arts TV. Episode 801 features my birds!