Posts Tagged ‘buy a bookmark’
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Tentacle Tuesday has returned! This whimsical little jellyfish is done in three shades of shimmering watercolor, purple and pink floating in a lovely aqua-gold ocean. This bookmark is on nice thick watercolor paper with one edge tapering off to the natural deckle from the papermaking process. Not my process, of course, but the manufacturer’s.
Jellyfish Bookmark 3, 1.25″x6.875″ watercolor on paper.
Above you can just see the aqua paint turning to gold in the sun like a shimmer of pale powder. Below, the bookmark is sitting happily atop a normal-sized hardcover book so you can see the size.
Sunday, October 28th, 2012
Despite being red and gold, this bookmark reminds me more of some aging, velvet-and-cheap-gilt bordello than Gryffindor House. There’s a plethora of subtle texture on this one, from the wash of red-on-red to the fine layer of crystallized salt, the copper metallic paint powder mixed into the salt and the brighter gold border.
Bordello Red Bookmark, 1.875″ x 4.875″ salt and watercolor on paper.
Above, you can see the sparkle in the rain, and the odd spot where I made a little fingerprint in the paint that then grew its own salt-crystal relief. Below, the bookmark is resting against my blue-violet book, waiting for a chance at a new life.
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Spirals are a bit of a theme this bookmark week, but then, they’re a bit of a theme for this entire year for me, so I’m sure you’re not surprised. This one combines bright cheerful colors with a subtly iridescent background. There’s a bit of glitter in the purple center of the droplets or flamelets, however you choose to interpret the turquoise shapes.
Spiral Bookmark 5, 0.875″x5″ mixed media on paper.
Above, you can really see the reddish interference paint and sparkly purple glitter gel pen that add depth and surprising shine to this little bookmark. Below, it’s hanging out with the book for your size comparison pleasure.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
This bookmark was born the last time I had Sharpie Week, and I had all my various Sharpies scattered out over my art table. Three different shades of marker form layers of squiggles and spirals, a bit like a rocky pool in the rain.
Spiral Bookmark 4, 6″x1″ Sharpie marker on cardstock.
Above, you can see the various shades of Sharpie, though I must say my digital camera really gives the blue a neon glow it doesn’t have in person. Below, the bookmark is hanging out with a hardcover book, ready to mark your place. The sunlight really washes out the marker here, brightening the blue to turquoise and paling out the periwinkle to almost nothing.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
I almost tossed this oddly-shaped little wedge of paper, but instead I blunted its tip and messed about with pens to make this bookmark. It’s a bit like an optical illusion with the wobbly lines and erratic bands of green, not to mention the little floating salt bubbles flowing along some of the spokes. It’s signed on the back to keep from interrupting the pattern, which is too mesmerizing to spoil.
Salt Bookmark 5, 1.5″x5″ pen & ink and salt on paper.
Above, you can see some of the teeny little salt pools straddling the wobbly radial lines. Below, the book of the week shows off the lovely, thick white watercolor paper nicely.
Monday, August 13th, 2012
It’s Bookmark Week all over again! There are only two bookmarks left from the previous offerings, and one of this week’s is already spoken for — the artist is not responsible for dawdlers missing out on the one they liked and having to buy a larger, normally-priced original instead to assuage their disappointment. I’m totally okay with that, come to think of it.
There’s only one of each of these tiny originals, though obviously I sometimes do them in series within the series. Very meta.
Today’s bookmark is not part of a series, but reminds me of water boiling in a dark blue-black cast-iron cauldron. Snape would no doubt approve.
Bubbling Bookmark, 1″x5″ watercolor on paper.
Above is a close-up of the bubbles in all their glory, while below you can see the bookmark hanging out with a book and my iPhone for extra easy-to-parse size comparisons.
Monday, November 21st, 2011
This little bookmark is a relative of my larger piece, On the Horizon. I’ve been field-testing it and actually the salt crystals are really there to stay. The salt pools are just shallow enough that they don’t scratch up the page or overly stuff the book, and the paper it’s on is a nice sturdy watercolor paper.
Horizon Bookmark, 1.5″x7″ mixed media on paper.
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