How to make 3 Mixed Media Bookmarks

Learn how to make these easy Mixed Media Bookmarks today in this step by step tutorial

mixed media bookmarks

DIY bookmarks are a great craft idea, they are smaller in size, can be made from leftover papers and are a quick project to complete. Mixed media Art typically refers to any visual art that uses more than one medium. You can combine paint, ink along with a paper collage.

Making these Mixed Media Bookmarks will easily help you understand and learn basic mixed media techniques without feeling too daunted.

During the duration of this Monthly Mixed Media series, I plan to explore these media: paper, fabric, tissue, canvas, felt, gesso, paint, chipboard, ink, thread, photo, and watercolor pencils. I might also try incorporating some metal in a project. Are you intrigued yet?

To start my series, I am going to walk you through the process of making some mixed media bookmarks. By adding different media, these bookmarks have so much texture and depth. 

mixed media bookmarks

Start by trimming three pieces of cardstock to measure 2 by 6 inches each. I used a textured white cardstock here.

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Next choose some patterned paper or journaling cards and trim them to fit onto the front of the bookmarks. 

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Punch a border from Kraft cardstock. I used the Feather of a Flock border punch here. Adhere this border to the bottom on the bookmarks. Next we are going to add paint. I used a basic, easily available white acrylic paint here. Drop a dollop of the paint onto the bookmark, and then give rough brushstrokes to cover the center and border of the bookmark. You want the paint to be kind of thick and uneven and the brushstrokes to show through. Then mist lightly with a paint/craft mist. I used a light brown color here.

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Here is a closer look at the process. The mist settles in the grooves of your brush strokes and adds a subtle color.

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Let the paint and mist dry. This can take few minutes to upto an hour, depending on your paint.

Once it has dried, use a sand paper file and gently rub the paint off the punched borders. I rubbed off the paint completely here, and that gives a rough texture to the bookmarks. Next add your papers using some narrow washi tape, and stitch into place. Punch a hole at the top to thread some twine through. 

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Add some more embellishments- some scalloped fabric, some glitter tape and stickers. I also added some messy stitching to finish these mixed media bookmarks.


Supplies used:

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Microtip Scissors
  • Border punch
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brush
  • Glimmer Mist
  • Twine
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Glitter ribbon
  • Washi tape

I think its time to stop shopping and start crafting more!


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  1. Love your bookmarks and I love your commitment to be more crafty in 2013. I have decided to make 24 projects in 2013 – I’m shooting for 2 new projects per month. Anything goes. This month I’ve handmade invitations for my son’s birthday party (I even made the stamp I used for the outside) & a felt name banner. And with the leftover felt I made a bonus birthday t-shirt! It feels so good to be crafty & creative. It fuels a creative fire and I can’t stop! I can’t wait to see what else you make this year! Fun stuff.

    • You made your own stamp too!! Wow! I love making stuff with leftovers too!A felt embellished Tshirt sounds awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  2. I have the same problem – I see a new product and have to have it. When I get it home it gets put on a shelf and I may never get back to it. I’ve just bought Gelatos and Pan Pastels. So far I’ve not used either. Going along with your monthly goal might spur me into using these products. Good luck with your goal. I’ll be watching.

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