Globe painting

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This post is a departure for me (hey, I just made a travel joke!) Anyway, this is an article from Hallmark’s blog “Think. Make. Share.” It was posted on January 11, 2017 and is about globe painting. This is something we craft journalers could really get into.



If you love to travel as much as we do, a map of the world can be inspiring in more ways than one. Senior Designer Laura E. loves to pack up her suitcase and go exploring—and when she’s at home, she loves tracking down and painting desktop globes. Below, she shares tips and tricks for creating vintage globes into your own personal works of art.

I would live on the road if I could. But since that’s not really an option, I can at least surround myself with travel icons—like maps and globes—that inspire my wandering spirit.

I wanted to share my hobby, so I gathered some globes and invited some artist friends. I couldn’t wait to see how they would transform their thrift store finds.


  • Globe (find them in thrift stores, at flea markets or on Ebay)
  • Dish soap or mild cleaning solution
  • Krud Kutter
  • Paint (spray, acrylic—whatever you’re most comfortable with)
  • Brushes
  • Liquid paint pens (for small details and lettering)

A painted globe makes a great accent piece for any room of your home. And this can be a really affordable project: I scoured thrift stores and vintage markets around KC, scooping up old globes for $20 or less.

To ensure your paint adheres well, you’ll want to give your globe a good cleaning—who knows what kind of dirt and grime it’s picked up over the years? Simple soap and water typically works, although any kind of grease build-up might require a stronger cleaner. Let it dry completely before you get started.

There are so many options for designs:

  • Add words, designs or patterns to the maps of continents and countries. Highlight the places you’ve gone—or dream of traveling to. Capture the climate, landscape or spirit of a place. Or just fill an outline with icons or images you love.
  • Repaint it to match your color scheme.
  • Treat the globe as a spherical canvas and add a favorite travel quote.

Maybe, like Sara C., you’ll want the stand to be a different color. Most globes can be removed from their stands, so it’s easy to spray paint them with regular high gloss spray paint from the hardware or craft store.

You could paint your entire globe a single color first like Lynn G. did here, and then add details, or you might want to paint portions of your globe different colors. (The stand makes a convenient, built-in easel.)

Livy L. used the existing outlines as a starting point, and added a sweet succulent pattern inside the continents. Sam L. layered a background, patterns and a phrase for her lettering solution.

The results: Fabulous painted globes of all sizes, perfect for any room or office space. Bet yours will be just as awesome—have fun coloring your world!

What’s your favorite travel-inspired art project? Have you painted a globe, decorated a map, decoupaged a suitcase? Share your creations with us on Instagram @think.make.share or on our Facebook page.


In Pursuit of Happiness be grateful

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Gratitude comes in many forms. it’s about relationships, experiences and moments. If I want to be happy, I need to experience gratitude. Here’s what I try to do everyday:

a) I take a Gratitude Break. If I’m feeling down about something, I stop for about 10 minutes and think about past and present experiences and the people I just couldn’t live without.

b) I try everyday to be present and aware and live in the moment.

c) I remember to breathe.

d) I try to live simply.

e) I write in my Gratitude Journal.

Since I create and sell greeting cards, I send Friendship and Thank You cards a lot. Some of my cards are below:







Some of my cards have sentiments I have shared previously, but if you want to write a letter, Hallmark has some hints for you from their blog:

This has been a challenging time, and I appreciate you so much.”

  • “You have no idea how much your help has meant.”
  • “For all the little and big ways you’ve pitched in…thanks!”
  • “There was nothing random about your acts of kindness. Thank you for all you have done.”
  • “I can never thank you enough. But this is a start.”
  • “You always know how to make life brighter for everyone you know.”
  • “I can’t possibly repay you.”
  • “You are always so helpful.”
  • “You make the world a nicer place.”
  • “You went above and beyond, and I am touched and grateful.”
  • “You took common courtesy to an uncommon level. We’re so grateful for your help.”



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