A chapter of scenic bookmarks

(I have no idea what the collective noun for bookmarks is, but I’d like to think it’s a “chapter”.)

I have to apologize in advance because I’ve had a lot (alot) of caffeine today and I’m a little wired and chatty and, you guys, I am SO tickled with how these bookmarks turned out. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my in-progress pics, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share the finished bookmarks with you.

Breathe. Ok, let me back up. I’m in a bookclub at work (I work with some librarians and other information professionals, of course I’m in a bookclub). We’re really just getting started so I thought I’d make some bookmarks for my fellow readers. My grand idea evolved from finally using the Books & Coffee stamp set from Waffle Flower to making a series inspired by the Read @ Your Library posters.

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I’m going to start with my favorite of the bunch.  I was inspired the David Bowie Read poster – the one with him in a letter jacket, mid-air? Arguably the best Read poster. I don’t know how the ALA scored that one, but I’m glad they did.

Instead of David Bowie, I used the Hooray stamp set from Waffle Flower. I adore this set and I thought the jumping girl was perfect for the scene I had in my head. I started off by stamping the book (from a different Waffle Flower set, book title by yours truly) and masking it, and then stamping her along with the ducks and plant life. I colored the whole scene with Copic markers, sketching in a little pond, grass, and clouds.

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Would it be completely selfish if I kept this bookmark for myself? I love it so much. Once I was done coloring I inked in the Read with an illustrator pen. Pro tip: Don’t sketch with pencil and then color over it with Copic. I could not get those faint pencil lines erased. Rookie mistake.

Also, can we talk about that duck’s pompadour and boots? He is one cool duck.

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My second favorite bookmark of the bunch is the first one I made, using the Books & Coffee set. I love this bear in his big glasses peeking over the stacks of books. I wish I was that bear.

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This bookmark took a lot of masking. I stamped a few stacks of books on masking paper and then started stacking books on the cardstock. Then I stamped the bear and a cup of coffee on his head. I again colored the whole scene with Copic markers and colored in a table top for the books to sit upon. I used a white gel pen to add some shine and freckles to the bear.

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For this bookmark, I used the books from Books & Coffee and tea pot, macarons, and bunny in a cup from Tea for Two.  I chose a more pastel color scheme for this bookish tea party, using, you guessed it, Copic markers. I added a table (need to work on my perspective).

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You can tell where I dropped an inked up stamp on the paper despite my best efforts to color over it.
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For the last bookmark, I kept it really simple and just stamped a raccoon sitting on top of a stack of books. I decided to give the raccoon a little bird friend, because everyone needs a little bird friend, right? I decided to make their books match. I left a lot of white space on this one because I wasn’t really sure how to complete the scene.

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I think I’m going to play with the Read theme a bit more for the next batch of bookmarks. What scenes should I make or themes should I play with? I need ideas!