Time Required :
About an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

watercolour bookmark

Picking up your favorite book just got more personal. Spark even more joy to your reading time by creating this vibrant bookmark featuring Winsor & Newton® Professional Water Colour™and Winsor & Newton® Art Masking Fluid. It makes a great gift as well!
Step 1

Step 1 Cut (or tear for a raw edge look) a 2" x 6" rectangle piece of watercolour paper. For a different size bookmark, just be sure to leave ¼" in the total size for the crisp white border.

TIP: if you do not have access to watercolour paper, cardstock can be substituted but may not yield the best results.

Step 2

Step 2 Measure in ¼" on all four sides of the bookmark and apply tape border.


Step 3

Step 3 Apply the masking fluid with the brush to your paper, creating a tulip shape. Use a thinner brush to create the outlines and a thicker brush on areas that will be filled in. Use a generous amount of masking fluid, as this will make it easier to pull up in a later step. Allow approximately 30 minutes to dry or until the fluid is no longer tacky to the touch.

TIP: To avoid damaging your brush bristles, coat it with some soap and water before using the masking fluid; then immediately after use, clean brush with water.

Step 4

Step 4 To achieve the colours shown in the example picture, mix the watercolors on a disposable palette in the ratios below.

  • Yellow Colour = Winsor Yellow; No Mixing
  • Violet Colour = Quinacridone Violet; No Mixing
  • Red Colour = 1-part Titanium White to 3 parts Winsor Red
  • Aqua Colour = 1-part Titanium White to 3 parts Cobalt Green Deep
  • Blue Colour = 1-part Titanium White to 3 parts Winsor Green (Blue Shade)
Step 5

Step 5 Ensure the masking fluid is dry, then dab some clean water all over the front of the bookmark to create a wet surface. This will allow the watercolours to flow and blend together.


Step 6

Step 6 Using a brush, apply the watercolours one at a time to the wet surface on the paper until desired effect is achieved. Let dry; approximately 15-20 minutes. 

TIP: The Aqua and Blue colours (Step 4) were mixed to achieve the flower background shade. The Violet and Red colours (Step 4) were mixed to achieve the petal shade and the Yellow colour used as an accent as shown. Be sure to clean your brush in between colours that you do not want to blend. 

Step 7

Step 7 Once everything is dry, you can peel up the masking fluid to reveal a clean, white surface. 

TIP: Use the back of a brush to initially lift the dried masking fluid to avoid disturbing any watercolour with fingers. 


Step 8

Step 8 Remove tape border, punch a hole at the top of the bookmark, approximately ½" from the top and tie your ribbon of choice through the hole!


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