Checkered Bookmarks

For a change and because I’ve seen a few beautiful stamped and painted bookmarks lately, I decided to make a few of my own. My preference is always a very flat bookmark. I have had fancier bookmarks over the years with layers and lace but I like the book to close nice and flat over the bookmark. These ones are one layer of hot press watercolour paper without even the raised surface of embossing.

I taped a piece of watercolour paper to my glass mat using washi tape and the grid on the mat to keep the tapes even as they divided the panel into three strips. I blended distress inks through the Darkroom Door small checkered stencil onto the panel, two colours for each strip then blended more ink to fill the spaces. I chose a different theme for each bookmark but used reading quotes from the Darkroom Door ‘Bookworm’ set for each one. (all the stamps and inks are listed below)

After painting over all the images with distress ink I used a black pen to darken the edges and a white gel pen to add highlights and dots.

I am always keen to hear book recommendations so feel free to leave them in the comments. Last time I asked several readers suggested authors who were new to me that I ended up reading and enjoying.


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6 Comments on “Checkered Bookmarks”

  1. Jo-Anne says:

    Very nice designs. I like making bookmarks too.

    A couple of books I’ve read recently and recommend:
    Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
    The Pearl that Broke it’s Shell by Nadia Hashima

    • Heather says:

      Thanks Jo-Anne, bookmarks are a fun change from cards. I just finished Sparks like Stars by Nadia Hashima, so I will definitely try the Pearl that Broke its Shell.

  2. Patricia Rowe says:

    Love the bookmarks. Thanks, as usual, for your excellent instructions.
    I can read a book in a day, when I finish my Bible study lessons and then my apologetic Sunday readings. The novel us by mindless reading. I enjoy spy novels and murder mysteries.
    I met Joel Rosenberg, who preached at one of our mega churches in Tampa, Fl. He wrote The Last Jihad. It was nonstop action.
    He is a Messianic Jew. His stories, although concerning world affairs, always have the main character trying to bring people to Christ before they go into battle. He has many novels out as well as a few nonfiction.
    A humorous writer, a private eye main character, is Robert Parker. Easy to laugh the whole time you are reading even though the situations can be serious.

    Take care. Looking forward to your Christmae cards. I made one that I had a nice vision of, white embossed tress, but my distress looked dull and I need the spark.

  3. nancystiz says:

    Beautifully done! I too love a flat bookmark. I’m mesmerized by your ability to paint those books to look vintage and love that look. The florals and your backgrounds are all fabulous!

  4. Bonnie says:

    Such beautiful bookmarks, Heather! I love the layered stenciled backgrounds that give them depth but still keep them flat! The images are so pretty and the sentiments perfect!

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