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Everyone loves a good read, and heading back to school means we can add a splash of colour to your reading experience!

This activity is suitable for all ages, anyone who loves a good read, so don't be afraid and try this activity at home.

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In a world filled with technology, there's something undeniably charming about flipping through the pages of a physical book. And what better way to enhance your reading experience than with a personalized, handcrafted bookmark? In this DIY guide, we'll explore the delightful world of watercolour painting and learn how to create unique and vibrant watercolour bookmarks at home.

Materials Required:

  • Watercolour paper or heavy cardstock

  • Watercolour paints

  • Paintbrushes of various sizes

  • Palette for mixing colours

  • Water pot

  • Paper towels or a rag

  • Pencil and eraser

  • Ruler

  • Masking tape or painter's tape

  • Optional: Fine-tip markers or gel pens for detailing

Age Group:

3+ (with help from a grownup!)

Featured Product:

Watercolour Starter Kit

Step 1: Design Your Bookmark

Start by sketching out your desired bookmark shapes on the watercolour paper or cardstock.

Common bookmark shapes include rectangles, squares, or even more intricate designs like feathers or leaves. Use a ruler to create straight lines if needed, and feel free to experiment with different shapes and sizes.

Step 2: Secure with Tape

Once you're satisfied with your designs, use masking tape or painter's tape to secure the edges of your bookmarks. This will create a clean border and prevent the paper from warping as you apply watercolour.

Step 3: Apply a Base Layer

With a clean paintbrush and water, moisten the surface of your bookmark. This will help the watercolor spread more easily. Next, choose a light color and apply a thin base layer to the entire bookmark. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Add Layers and Details

Now, the real fun begins! Experiment with different colours and layer them to create depth and dimension. Try blending colours while they are still wet for a seamless transition. Add details using fine-tip markers or gel pens once the watercolour is dry. Let your creativity flow, and don't be afraid to try new techniques!

Step 5: Remove Tape and Final Touches

Once your watercolour bookmarks are completely dry, carefully remove the tape to reveal clean, crisp edges. If desired, add any final touches or details to enhance the overall look. Consider using metallic markers for a touch of shimmer or adding inspirational quotes with elegant handwriting.

Step 6: Seal and Protect

To protect your beautiful creations, consider applying a clear sealant or laminate the bookmarks. This will not only preserve the colours but also make them more durable for long-term use.

Congratulations! You've just created a set of stunning watercolour bookmarks that will add a personal touch to your reading adventures. These DIY bookmarks also make thoughtful gifts for fellow book lovers. Enjoy the process of creating and expressing yourself through the wonderful world of watercolours!


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