How to make a DIY Botanical Watercolor BookmarkOct 25, 2021
I love reading books but I don’t have any bookmarks! Can you believe the irony? So I decided that had to change. I love doodling florals and I’m diving into watercolor. So why not putting it together to create beautiful watercolor botanical bookmarks.
These DIY bookmarks are so easy to make and they make perfect gifts for book lovers in your life, in case you’re not into reading - even though you should!
Hi Friends, I’m Maira with Vial Designs (vialdesings.com), bringing you this tutorial as part of the Pigeon Letters Design Team.
Let’s get started…
Here’s what you’ll need to make these watercolor bookmarks.
- Watercolor or mixed media paper. You’d need a thick paper that can hold water.
- Waterbased markers. I’m using Karin markers in these colors: cool aqua 204, pale violet 247
- Brush - I’m using the Pigeon Letters Filbert 3/4
- The Pigeon Letters Monoline Studio pens 01 and 03
- Hole puncher
- Kneaded eraser
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Step 1: Start with the Watercolor Background
First, cut the paper to your desired bookmark size. I’ve seen a lot of different sizes online and this will come to your personal preference. I cut these bookmarks 2.25 inches wide by 6 inches long.
To start the watercolor background, first do a layer of water using your brush.
Then, using the water-based marker of your choice, start adding some color on top of your water layer. After this, you can add more water or use more color from your marker. The more color you use, the more saturated your watercolor background will be. On the other hand, if you want a lighter watercolor background, add more water.
Once you’re satisfied how your watercolor background looks, make sure you let it dry completely.
PRO TIP: Use a rag or paper towel to remove the excess of water or watercolor.
Another PRO TIP: Use a heat gun to help speed up the drying process. This is super helpful when you’re short on time or you’re impatient like me and want your watercolors to dry as fast as possible. Run the heat gun through the back of the paper as the water tends to curve the paper a bit.
Step 2: Draw and Outline the Botanical and Greenery Doodles
I recommend you sketch this part on another piece of paper or practice beforehand if this is the first time you’re drawing floral doodles. Practicing beforehand will help you with spacing within the bookmark.
Once you’ve practiced your flower doodles and greenery, it’s time to sketch them in your watercolor bookmark.
Can't decide what to doodle on your bookmark? Check this bad boy for some inevitable inspiration!
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Since we have the watercolor background, be sure to draw lightly with your pencil.
Using the kneaded eraser to slightly erase the pencil marks. This will help you see your sketch without the pencil marks being too noticeable.
After you’re done sketching, it’s time to outline your floral doodles. I’m using the Monoline Studio Pen 03. Be sure to only do the outline using this pen.
Now, add the greenery details and flower shading using the monoline 01 pen.
OPTIONAL: Repeat the steps above to create different watercolor bookmarks
Here I’m showing your two other different watercolor backgrounds you can make for your bookmarks.
Using only two different types of flower doodles and two different types of greenery, you can combine them to create different botanical drawing compositions for your bookmarks.
Step 3: Add Tassels to Your DIY Watercolor Botanical Bookmarks
Using a hole puncher, punch a hole on one end of the bookmark. I’m using this cute star hole puncher for mine. There are some heart and circle hole punchers as well.
Then insert the tassel in the hole leaving a little hole in the tassle itself to pull through the remaining part of the tassel.
That’s it! That how easy it is to create watercolor botanical bookmarks!
These turned out beautiful and will be the perfect gift for any book lover in your life. What do ya think?
You can go a step further and laminate them if you want them to have a longer life or if you think they’ll be used a lot. My house will be full of bookmarks from now on!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires you to start making DIY bookmarks today. You can also use the same technique to create prints and signs!
Tag me @vialdesigns on Instagram - if you recreate these bookmarks. I’d love to see your work.
Maira is a Colombian artist living in sunny Florida, USA and has been creating art for as long as she can remember! After discovering calligraphy 6 years ago, she hasn't stopped practicing and learning, which has sparked her passion for helping other women become more creative by learning calligraphy through her easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorials. Check out more of Maira's tutorials here!
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