Here is my first attempt to create an antiquated look using GIS software tools (er, rather... a Tolkien map). I initially hoped to create an old overlay map (inspired by "Design by Nature") but ran out of time. So I ended up using insight from Matthew H. (Historic Map Effects with ESRI software) and Alpine Mapping Guild who both set me off on the right track (THANK YOU!). This map will be a gift, and covers a small geographic area of the recipients property. The functional use is to orient visitors to the land, but primarily it was intended to be a work of "art" matching the playful character of the landowner. The final map will be plotted on handmade paper with deckled edges so that it truly looks "old". The actual data layers represented on the map were digitized from aerial imagery with the stream data being corrected from DOQ's and a DEM. I digitized in land cover classes and created the vegetation to match the distribution, age class and vegetation types that actually exist on the ground. I was a little worried that this approach was perhaps "too" playful, so I tried bumb mapping techniques but ran into a time crunch and ended up using the tree symbology instead. In the future I hope to create all of my own symbology, instead of manipulating current symbology to fit my needs. Anyway, I loved creating this map and am very interested in any and all thoughts.
Thanks ahead of time for your feedback.