Fall Bookmarks Made From Water Color Painting

Fall Bookmarks Made From Water Color Painting

With a wee bit of water colors and a fine tipped pen you can create lovely Fall Bookmarks. Make enough for all the books piled on your table with left-overs to hand out to your friends!

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Although I love a good read in the summer, come the fall, when nights grow longer and cooler, I become a voracious reader. I will admit I am apt to use just about ANYTHING for a bookmark, and because I tend to read at least a half dozen books at a time, I’m in constant need of many bookmarks. And although magazine lap flaps do suffice, I am partial to pretty bookmarks. Earlier this week I decided to make some fall bookmarks. I planned to do a water color picture with plenty of autumn colors, then go back in and draw leaves and acorns on the painting. After, I planned to cut up the water color and use it for bookmarks.

Well, sometimes plans change! When Tim came home and saw me putting the finishing touches on the drawing, he expressed strong opposition to me cutting up the painting! “I love it. You need to frame it or something.” When I told him I needed to use it for a blog post, he suggested printing the design on card stock paper. The added advantage is I could run the paper back through the printer and have the pattern on both sides of the bookmark.

I complied, of course! And the bookmarks turned out quite pretty even on the card stock! Here’s a bit of a “Where’s Waldo?” challenge! Find the bookmarks on the painting!

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So now I have the bookmarks I wanted and a rather fun print of leaves and acorns. I am not totally sure of what I’ll do with it yet, but when I know, I’ll be sure to share!

BTW… If you do not feel comfortable drawing leaves, simply go outside and gather some, then trace them on a page. If you do not have a variety of leaves to collect, simply go on line and do a google search on leaves. You can copy photos of leaves and print them. Then, simply cut them out and trace around them.

Materials for Fall Bookmarks

  • water color paper
  • water colors
  • painters tape
  • spray bottle
  • fine tip permanent marker
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • yarn
  • clear contact paper (optional)

Tools for Fall Bookmarks

Prepare your page for painting. I like to use painters tape and tape my water color paper to a protected surface. This helps stop it from curling while you are painting.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Using a mist spray bottle, spray your water color paper and water colors and let set for several minutes.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Dip your brush into your water colors and allow the paint to bleed on the paper.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Keep adding more colors until you are satisfied with the results. You can dab any pools of color if you like.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

When the paints have dried completely, remove the tape. Your water color is now ready to draw on.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Begin by lightly drawing leaf shapes on your paper. I like to look at the blotches of color and draw shapes on top of them. Using a fine tip permanent marker, trace over your penciled in drawing. When the marker is completely dry you can go in and erase the light pencil marks.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Continue adding leaves, acorns, swirls and dots until you fill your page.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

I was planning on cutting up my water color into bookmarks but when Tim came home and saw the page he asked me not to. He loved the painting/drawing and wanted to frame it. (My biggest fan!) So, on his suggestion, using card stock paper, I copied a suggestion of my painting. The good thing about this is I was able to turn the card stock over and print the other side so when I made my bookmarks but sides were covered in the design.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Using my rotary cutter and a scalloped blade, I cut my bookmarks 2″ x 6″. You can also use scalloped scissors or just use regular scissors and leave the edges straight.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Using a paper punch, place holes in the center of the bookmarks about 1/4″ from the top.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Cut yarn 12″ long. Fold in half and draw the center through the hole.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Bring the 2 ends through the loop and lightly pull.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Place a knot at the 2 ends of the yarn to prevent them from unraveling.

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

You are now ready to find a good book and curl up and read!

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

Fall Bookmarks from Wee Folk Art

When I decide what I plan to do with the original, I will be sure to let you know!

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Kimara

6 Comments

  1. When you said you copied your design on card stock, do you mean painting and drawing the leaves, etc. again on card stock, both sides? Does card stock behave like watercolor paper? Using the fine point tip marker does not bleed on water color paper or card stock?

    1. Kimara
      Author

      After I was all done with the painting, I made of copy of it. I put of piece of card stock in my printer… which is a lot heavier than regular paper, then I made a copy of my painting using the printer. I then put the same piece of paper back through the printer so the other side was printed with the design.

      My painting was larger than the bed of my printer but I just let it overhand. And it didn’t matter that I didn’t print the whole painting because I was cutting up the copy into bookmarks anyway.

      As far as using a marker on the water color paper… as long as the paper is thoroughly dry, the ink should not bleed. I’ve inked over water colors I’ve done many times and have never had a problem.

      Hope this all makes sense 🙂

      ~Kimara~

      1. Thanks so much for the info. I am going to try it.

        1. Kimara
          Author

          Awesome 🙂 Let me know how it works out. Also, if you have a Facebook account, feel free to share a photo there or email it to weefolkart@yahoo.com. Have fun! ~Kimara~

  2. I love your bookmarks, Kimara! You are quite a good artist! I’ll try making some. Your idea of photocopying the painting onto cardstock is brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial, it’s great!

    1. Kimara
      Author

      THAT idea was all Tim’s. Quite a brilliant man 😉 Have fun. The grandbabies saw it and want to have a go at it. I’m sure they will be grand! ~Kimara~

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