It’s more fun to read when you have a cool bookmark. These were super inexpensive and fun to make. Watercolor paints can be expensive, but I used a children’s set that cost less than 3 dollars and will last for many more craft projects. (The brush that came with the set was too small, though, so I used an old brush I already had.)
Drag a wet brush across watercolor paper in random, curving, zigzag lines. I am using a 16×10 inch piece of paper, but almost any size will do. Then load up the brush with paint, and scribble across the paper, crossing the zigzag water lines. The pigment will hit the water and spread. Before the first color dries, add a second and a third color. Sometimes I like to keep it more monochromatic, say light blue and dark blue, but in this example I used bold, primary colors. Notice I didn’t cover the entire paper. The unpainted spots act as a fourth color, white.
When the paint is dry, draw bookmark-sized rectangles with a pencil, and cut out the rectangles.
Look up some fun reading quotes on the internet. I wrote the quotes out lightly in pencil first because I wasn’t sure how the words would fit on the bookmark. Then I wrote over the pencil in permanent marker and erased stray pencil marks.
Finish by punching a hole in the top and tying a thin satin ribbon in an overhand knot. I don’t have a lot of ribbon on hand, but I kept a few strands of thin ribbon from a few years ago that was tied to a bath product. I like using the overhand knot on slippery ribbon because it tends to make a tight knot that won’t slip.
When I gift (or simply pass along) a good book, I like to tuck a bookmark in the pages to make it a little more personal.
Make this day even better. Consider:
- There are 10 months until Christmas. Those of us who like to make Christmas presents and decorations need to plan ahead. I bought a set of three vintage textile spools for a craft I have in mind. I’ll keep you posted. Are you planning ahead?