Colour Smudge Bookmarks

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November 10, 2021

The completed colour smudge bookmarks.Make beautiful patterns with ink and water and turn them into useful bookmarks. You can, of course, do this with watercolour paint but the finished product will not be so durable and vibrant. Watercolour would be a better medium for children because ink stains on carpet and clothes are permanent.


A super fun craft because you never quite know how your patterns are going to develop


  • Coloured ink with a dropper in the lid
  • 1 Sheet of heavy duty watercolour paper
  • 1 Paintbrush
  • 1 Pair of scissors
  • Water
Supplies for the Colour Smudge Bookmarks


  1. Paint a large section of clear clean water on your paper
  2. Adding water to the paper.
  3. Allow a single drop of coloured ink to fall onto the water and watch it spread
  4. Adding paint to the paper.
  5. Add another colour
  6. Adding paint to the paper.

  7. If you like you can help the two colours mix into a third colour using your paintbrush
  8. Adding more water to the painting.
  9. Keep adding colours until the whole watery area is filled, then start on another section
  10. Adding paint to the paper.
  11. Once the ink is fully dry you can cut your paper into wide strips. Be patient - drying can take a while
  12. Cutting the painting into pieces.
  13. Trim off any excess
  14. Cutting the painting into pieces.

  15. Round off the corners
  16. Rounding the corners of the bookmark.
  17. Another fun thing you can do is to daw a shape with water and let the ink fill the shape as you drop it on.
  18. A heart shaped painting.
  19. Once dry you can cut around the shape
  20. Cutting out the heart shaped painting.
  21. Now decide which special people in your life might like to use them
  22. The completed colour smudge bookmarks.

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Very pretty!

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