Our guest speaker/artist, Marilyn Bishop, gave a very interesting and entertaining program yesterday for our watercolor society. She makes bookmarks from scraps of things - matboard, rice paper, "failed" watercolors, markers, etc. And she had a great display of bookmarks to show us - none of which looked like you'd want to use for bookmarks! They were much too pretty and artfully done. So, I guess you can take bookmarks to a higher artful level than one would think - and she does.
I think we all were thinking of all the little scraps of things we could use on matboard to make these - or something similar - for ourselves.
Using an Elmer's glue stick to paste the watercolor and other bits onto the matboard, she said most of the time is spent thinking about the design. I can see getting lost it lots of bits and pieces and not being able to choose which color, which scrap, etc. Marilyn calls her scraps Strips (longer strips of watercolor paper) and Chips (more squared or rectangle pieces). Loving color and paper, it was fun to watch her create several of these for us during the meeting.
So - do have scraps lying around? Do you have any watercolor painting that didn't quite make it but aren't totally losers? Do you have some matboard scraps or small pieces? Then off you go!
I intend to make a few - but not as bookmarks. I'm going to make them 4" x 6" like postcards. We'll see what I come up with when I start sorting all the bits I have. I even purchased an Elmer's glue stick and some gold, silver, bronze and white markers today to try it.
Of course, I liked all of Marilyn's bookmarks but chose only 2 that I really wanted (2 of the only ones she had in cool colors! ha ha)
This would be a great art-day event to share with your grandkids, who would love putting things together and all you do it stamp, glue, and doodle a bit for embellishments!
Thanks, Marilyn, for an inspiring program :)