Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Create Your Own Fine Art Bookmark

Today I’ll show you how to make your own fine art bookmark. This project is quick and easy and you probably already have everything you need to complete it.

If you’re anything like me, you have tons of old art calendars lying around. If you’re not like me, you can find a picture online and print it off yourself. You’ll want to use paper that is thicker than your average printer paper. Try white construction paper. The archives of this site are a good place to start your search for a picture.

Supplies Needed:

Calendar page
Construction paper
Glue Stick
Hole punch
Choose an interesting strip of the painting and use your ruler to mark where you want to cut. It doesn’t matter how thick you make your bookmark (as long as it isn’t thicker than a book!) or how long you make it. Cut it out.

Next, spread glue over the back of your bookmark picture. Glue the picture to your piece of construction paper and then trim away the extra. If you’re feeling fancy, Try trimming your paper with decorative-edge scissors.
Punch a hole near the top of your book mark. Fold your ribbon in half and thread the folded end through the hole. Run the ends of the ribbon through the loop and tighten.
If you’d like, write the date, the artist, and the painting on the back of your bookmark. My bookmark is a detail from Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone. If you're inspired to, make several bookmarks from the same picture. Now you have a beautiful bookmark to use when you go back to school!

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