Oct 18, 2018

Blogoween #7: Fall Themed Bookmark Tutorial!

Hey fellow book bloggers! Today I'm back with Blogoween #7! This is my own prompt that I came up with of making a fall themed bookmark, and it took me forever so I'm sorry this post is so late. But It was so worth the time and effort because I am pretty proud of myself for how it turned out and can't wait to show you guys how I did it! 😊

So first of all I used a ruler to cut out the size I wanted my bookmark to be out of card stock. Then found some pictures of leaves and other little fall nature elements on Pinterest to use as a reference because there is no way I could make it look good enough by free hand. 😂


So I went around the outside of the bookmark to make a border with the leaves, and even added a couple cute acorns and a pumpkin! Then I needed to decide on a quote to put in the middle, and I thought "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." from Anne of Green Gables was perfect, since it's October, it's bookish, and I've been Watching Anne With an E on Netflix recently. 😉 It's such a cute quote, and I love how it makes me appreciate the wonder and beauty of fall.


In the above picture I put a little squiggle in the space between the quote and the reference just to help me get the spacing right because I hadn't decided on a design to put there, but once I found one on Pinterest that I liked, I added it after much erasing, redrawing, erasing, and redrawing all the wording and leaves again and again and again to get it just right.  

Then I was finally ready to fill in the quote with my gold and orange metallic gel pens!


Then I outlined my leaves in gold, yellow, orange and red (and the pumpkin stem and acorns in black) glitter gel pens, making sure to erase the pencil a little more so it wouldn't be visible underneath. Isn't it so pretty? I love glitter. 😍


Then I took my watercolors and VERY carefully filled in the leaves, pumpkin and acorns, using red with the red leaves, yellow for the yellow ones etc...and orange for the pumpkin, and browns for the pumpkin stem and acorns.


Then, I chose a pretty blue watercolor to paint the background in. I was considering leaving it white, but I realized you could still see all the eraser marks I left behind, and it's really hard to make something without any blue in it, since it's my favorite color. 😂


Also I kind of wanted the effect of the leaves looking like they are falling off of the trees and through the sky, and I thought the gold pen would really pop more against the blue.


And here is the finished product!  I had to retrace the letters in gold because I accidentally painted over them a little bit, but I LOVE how it turned out, and I hope you do too! I'd LOVE to make more bookmarks like this! Any suggestions? 😄

So that's my fall bookmark tutorial! I LOVED being able to use my watercolors and glitter gel pens, they made it look so nice and it was so fun! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! What do you think of my bookmark? Should I make more like this? Do you think I'm ready for Etsy? 😂 (No seriously I'm actually thinking about researching opening a shop. If you have any advice, I'd love to hear it!) 

Keep a lookout for two more Blogoween posts this week and I'll see you next time! Bye! 👻


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  1. oooo I love this! Will have to try this over the weekend since I plan on making a trip down to Hobby Lobby! <3

    1. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogOctober 18, 2018 at 11:27 AM

      Awe thanks! You should! It was pretty fun to make. :D

  2. OHHHHHH THAT IS SO PRETTY, Heather! I think the leaves are beautifully drawn! Don't be afraid of using a reference picture - most artists do, I think, especially the good ones. :) I love how the gold gel pen pops against the blue background - that was a great color choice! Heh heh, I was thinking of that quote myself recently because AHHHH, October weather is just wonderful, isn't it?

  3. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogOctober 18, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Ahhhh I'm so glad you love it! You're more of a real artist than me. XD I'm so proud of how it turned out!