Last weekend was quite unusual, as for my standards. Instead of using the two days at home for productive work, I ended up baking a delicious loaf of banana bread, went to an amazing event (more about that on a different occasion) and dragged a box of my rarely used art supplies out of the storage. A quick look inside and I knew what I wanted to play with. Watercolours! That’s how these three bookmarks were born.
What I used:
- 5×15 cm pieces of watercolour paper (it really makes a huge difference! Regular paper simply doesn’t work with watercolours)
- black permanent marker
- white acrylic paint
For the first design, I started with marking a frame (using soft pencil). I then randomly added lines going in all random directions, to create a stained glass design.
Then, I filled the shapes inside lines with colours.
When all pieces were filled, I let the bookmark dry completely.
I then proceeded to draw around each piece with black marker – it added nice contrast to the design.
Finally, I erased all leftover pencil markings.
Bookmark number one – done and dusted!
For the second design – a bit more complex – I started with outlining the design with pencil. I decided to go for a sunset over sea design with two palm trees in the foreground.
Moving on to watercolours, I started with the background, painting a gradient sunset sky and the sky’s reflection in the water.
I let the watercolours dry completely. Then, using black marker, I drew my palm trees.
I also added the frame around the bookmark.
Finally, I used acrylic paint to add stars on the sky.
Bookmark number two – complete!
For the third design, I went for another simple idea. I painted a bunch of balloons in different colours.
I added a few balloons on top of already painted ones (making sure that the first layer was fully dry before painting on top of it!).
Finally, with black marker, I added thread to each balloon.
Design number three – done!
It may not have been the most productive weekend, but it was fun for sure!