Bookmarks

Bookmarks I made for a Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale.

Bookmarks I made for a Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale.

This week I finally finished making a large batch of bookmarks for an Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Fair that our community is putting on to raise money for our Community Art Fund. Over the last month I had been taking photos of items that people made as well as some of the collectibles, and I designed a montage of the photos to print on the front of the bookmark. On the back, I put all the pertinent information about the event with a large “Book This Date” as a header.

I made the watermelon in the top bookmark in Adobe Illustrator. The middle bookmark was for a wedding keepsake. I wrote the calligraphy in the bottom bookmark and the background is a scan of one of my paste papers.

I made the watermelon in the top bookmark in Adobe Illustrator. The middle bookmark was for a wedding keepsake. I wrote the calligraphy for the bottom bookmark in which the background is a scan of one of my paste papers. I also hand made the twisted cords for the top two bookmarks.

Over the years I’ve made bookmarks for many different occasions. I started making them as gifts, using favorite sayings and sometimes using my calligraphy, and I’ve just never quite stopped. I have made them for weddings, commitment ceremonies, funerals, memorials, potluck barbecues, farewell parties and for advertising.

The bookmark on the left I made for some bridge playing friends. I find all sorts of occasions to make bookmarks.

The bookmark on the left I made for some bridge playing friends. I find all sorts of occasions to make bookmarks.

People love bookmarks. With the advent of ebooks, I am not sure if this will continue. For now, though, people still love to keep bookmarks. I often find bookmarks that I have made years ago on the walls and refrigerators when I visit friends. I even have found them on office walls.

My current favorite bookmark. Simplicity itself. The brush painting of the bird was made by Ruth and the red chop is her name.

My current favorite bookmark. Simplicity itself. The brush painting of the bird was made by Ruth and the red chop is her name.

My latest bookmarks (the top photo of this blog)  were printed on a laser printer using an index paper. I have printed on all sorts of paper. My favorite was the simple black and white bookmark which has a red accent (shown above) that I printed on an ink jet printer using 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. The edges are all torn by hand. I made that bookmark as a memorial. I ran into two people last week who had never met Ruth, but loved the bookmark and so had kept it as a keepsake.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that I am a lover of books. I am always looking for another reason to make a bookmark.

Enjoy, Candy

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