How To Make Watercolor Bookmarks

How To Make Easy Watercolor Bookmarks

Learn how to make watercolor bookmarks with this easy step-by-step tutorial! This is a great nature project to create with the kids.

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How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

These lovely bookmarks are made using watercolor paint and a permanent black marker. Two things that are easy to find at your local craft or dollar store.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

These watercolor bookmarks would make great gifts! You could them to mom with a Chapters gift card or to a friend with a copy of your favorite book.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

How to make a watercolor bookmarks:

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Supplies:

*Heavy cardstock paper may be used as an alternative to watercolor paper. It’s important to use thick, heavy paper for this project as the water tends to warp and tear traditional printer paper.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks Process

Directions:

1. Use the pencil and ruler to mark out eight sections on the watercolor paper. Each bookmark will be about 2″ x 6″.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks Process

2. Create a gradient of colors on each section of paper using the paint. Using more water will blur the colors and allow them blend with each other.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks Process

3. When the paint is dry, use the ruler to carefully tear the bookmarks apart. Place the ruler on the paper, hold it firmly and pull the paper towards you to tear each strip of paper.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks Process

Scissors or a paper cutter could be used as well but we love the textured look that tearing gives these bookmarks.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks Process

Use a lot of watercolor paint to achieve a vibrant color for this project. If the piece of paper curls or warps, try pressing it under some heavy books to flatten it once dry.

Practise sketching different leaves and flowers onto scrap paper before applying your favorite one to a bookmark.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks Process

4. Use the permanent marker to sketch leafy, floral designs onto each bookmark.

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks Process

Be sure to check out this watercolor maple leaf painting and watercolor flower art project for more painting ideas and templates!

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

I love how easy it is to personalize this project! Different paint colors can be used of course or sketchy leaf designs. It would be fun to see what a group of kids can come up with!

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How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

This art project is perfect for the classroom or at home! It would make a great boredom buster for the summer months too. Check out some of our other nature crafts for more ideas!

How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

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How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

Watercolor Bookmarks

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make watercolor bookmarks with this easy step-by-step tutorial! This is a great nature project to create with the kids.

Materials

  • 9"x12" 140lb watercolor paper*
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint palette
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black permanent marker
  • Ruler

Instructions

1. Use the pencil and ruler to mark out eight sections on the watercolor paper. Each bookmark will be about 2" x 6".

2. Create a gradient of colors on each section of paper using the paint. Using more water will blur the colors and allow them blend with each other.

3. When the paint is dry, use the ruler to carefully tear the bookmarks apart. Place the ruler on the paper, hold it firmly and pull the paper towards you to tear each strip of paper.

4. Use the permanent marker to sketch leafy, floral designs onto each bookmark.

Notes

Scissors or a paper cutter could be used to cut the bookmarks but we love the textured look that tearing gives these bookmarks.

Use a lot of watercolor paint to achieve a vibrant color for this project.

If the piece of paper curls or warps, try pressing it under some heavy books to flatten it once dry.

Practise sketching different leaves and flowers onto scrap paper before applying your favorite one to a bookmark.

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