My husband loves maps. He spends free time just looking at maps online. He even has a favorite map representation. So for our anniversary this year, I knew exactly what I had to make him. A gigantic map of the world. I guess I can't really call it gigantic though... it's very tiny compared to the actual world.
I found a picture of his favorite map and printed it onto a transparency. Luckily, the place I work at had a projector around that I was able to use. I projected the map onto the canvas and traced the outline. Once home, I painted the map with teal and copper acrylic paints. To get texture in the paint, I applied the paint liberally, practically just globbing it on. I had to do a few coats to get the canvas completely covered, but the paint dried fast so there isn't too much down time. Now I just need to find a way to frame it on the wall!