Watercolour Bookmarks

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)
  • watercolours
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • 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!


Simple DIY Bookmarks

34 thoughts on “Watercolour Bookmarks

    1. I like to make bookmarks for a simple reason: they’re rather small, so I don’t need to dedicate hours to a single project. I just wanted to play with those paints for a while, so bookmarks seemed like a good choice! πŸ™‚

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  1. Your non-productive weekend means baking bread and making bookmarks, as mine means bingewatching something in Netflix. πŸ˜€ I guess my most days are non-productive. πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜€

    But your bookmarks are wonderful. I especially like the sunset sky. So beautiful! πŸ™‚

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    1. Awh, thank you! πŸ™‚
      All my arts&crafts projects are done with YouTube playing in the background! I’m just one of those who need to have their hands busy at all times πŸ˜€

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