INSIDE : How to create easy DIY Marble Bookmarks with three different colorful yarn embellishments! A perfect craft gift for your favorite book reader.
I have had marbling crafts on. the. brain recently. You probably didn’t know, but I just finished writing a book about… marbling! So, although it hasn’t come out yet… behind the scenes I have been marbling projects like you couldn’t imagine!! During the book creating process, I discovered marbling with liquid starch and paint. So, today I am excited to share how to DIY Marbled Bookmarks.
If you are looking for more information about everything involving marbling, my Marbling 101 post might be just what you are looking for! Or have you checked out my Amazing Marbled Creations BOOK all about Marbled projects?
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Start by filling your disposable container with a few inches of liquid starch. If you can’t find liquid starch, there is an easy recipe to make your own. I searched high and low for liquid starch and could only find one brand available at my local grocery store. No other stores appeared to carry liquid starch… but the Sta-Flo brand worked wonderfully, so it seemed worth the effort of searching it out.
HOMEMADE LIQUID STARCH RECIPE:
1 Tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
3 3/4 cup tap water
2-3 drops of fragrant essential oil or lemon juice (optional)
MIX FOR YOUR HOMEMADE LIQUID STARCH :
-Bring 3 3/4 cup tap water to a rolling boil.
-While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into cold water. Stir constantly until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
-Once water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.
-If using essential oil or lemon juice, add to mixture and continue to stir for one minute.
-Remove from heat and let cool.
-After cooling add to a one quart spray bottle.
-Next, fill each of your plastic cups with a small amount of acrylic paint.
Add water to your acrylic paint and mix with the wooden skewer. You should be looking for a slightly watered down “milky” look to your paint. Too much water and you will lose the vibrant colors.
Using a paint brush or even just the skewer, drip the paint into your liquid starch mixture.
Using your wooden skewer, slightly run it through your paints to create a lovely marbled effect. Too much stirring will muddy the paints, so just a few simple swirls will do.
Cut your cardstock down to bookmark sized pieces and slowly dip the fronts of your paper into the paint/starch mixture. There is no need to completely dunk the paper, unless you are wanting to marble both sides of the paper.
Once you have dipped the fronts of your paper, set aside to dry on paper towels. As the paper begins to dry, you can place under a few heavy books to keep a flattened shape.
After my bookmarks were completely dried, I added a single hole punch to each piece of paper. I went with three different types of embellishments to my bookmarks.
I did a simple pom pom, a braid and lastly just a simple slip through knot.
I love having multiple books that I am reading at once. They are always scattered all around our house, so having multiple bookmarks is always essential for me!
Looking for more fun bookmarks? Why not check out these leather pom pom bookmarks I made last year?
Interested in my many other marbled projects? You can check out some of these!