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DIY Hand Lettered Watercolor Bookmarks

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Create this simple craft for 3 styles of DIY watercolor bookmarks without needing watercolor paints. Use any water-based brush pens you already have at home and get started.

Watercolor bookmarks cover photo

Learn the three styles used to create the watercolor bookmarks with the tutorials below. There is also a 5 minute video at the end showcasing all 3 styles of watercolor bookmarks if you’d rather watch.

How to Make Hand Lettered Watercolor Bookmarks

overhead finished diy bookmarks

Supplies needed:

Before jumping to the 3 techniques for making these watercolor bookmarks, you’ll want to cut watercolor paper to bookmark size. Mine are 2″ wide by 5″ long. Use a paper cutter or scissors to do this. It is important to use watercolor paper, as cardstock or other paper may not hold up to water.

Style 1–brush pen watercolor blending

This first style is probably the most straightforward way to make a watercolor bookmark with brush pens. For this DIY bookmark, I used Karin brush markers, as their tips are meant to be used on rougher textured paper. Keep in mind that using a sensitive Tombow dual brush pen for this can cause their tips to fray a bit.

final rainbow bookmark

First, decide which colors you’d like to use for this technique. I chose a rainbow scheme using Red, Yellow, Blue, and Pink.

Next, color directly onto the watercolor paper. This can be random, or if you are also choosing a rainbow blend, go in the correct order.

step 1 color on watercolor paper

After coloring, blend the colors together using a flat paintbrush and clean water. When blending a darker color into a lighter color, it’s best to start on the lighter color and bring it into the darker color. Otherwise, you may lose the lighter color to the darker completely.

blend colors together with water and paintbrush

There is no wrong way to do this so have fun!

Style 2–Plastic bag watercolor blending

This style uses a plastic baggie and water to create a fun splatter effect!

Fell asleep here hand lettered bookmark

Start with a clean plastic bag (a sandwich baggie, not a shopping bag). Use water-based markers to color randomly on the bag. Choose colors that will blend well!

color on a plastic bag to make watercolor art

Use a spray bottle to spritz the bag and marker with water, or just use a paintbrush to drop water onto it. Flip the bag over onto the watercolor paper and spread the marker around with your fingers.

spritz with water, turn over and smudge colors together onto paper

Style 3–Watercolor painting with brush pens

Turn regular water-based markers into watercolor paint with a plastic palette and water.

just 1 more page bookmark

Color onto a clean paint palette with water-based marker. Then add a small amount of water to each paint well to create watercolor paints!

use a plastic palette to color on with markers

Use the paints you just created to make a fun blotchy watercolor bookmark. Again make sure to use colors that will blend together well!

add water to create watercolor paint

After the DIY watercolor bookmarks have dried, use a permanent ink fine liner, like Micron or Faber-Castell, to hand letter a phrase over top. Using another water-based marker can cause some bleeding.

letter over watercolor bookmark designs

Optional, punch a hole at the top of each and add a piece of ribbon or twine to finish these hand lettered watercolor bookmarks!

final overhead watercolor bookmarks

Watch DIY Watercolor Bookmarks Video

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