Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mark My Words

In addition to Rolodex cards, index cards, and ATCs, bookmarks make a great little canvas for small-scale art.  Chris, of Parabolic Muse, recently hosted a bookmark swap, which allowed me to combine three of my great loves--books, making art, and receiving fun art in the mail!

One of the bookmarks I received in the swap was this beautiful scratchboard feather created by Irene.
The back has this portion of a poem by Emily Dickinson:  "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words and never stops at all."
The other bookmark I received in the swap came from Marie Otero.  I love all of this bright and bold imagery!
Side One

Side Two
In addition to bookmarks from two swap participants, Chris included her own stitched bookmark as an added gift to us!
Front detail
Back detail
You can check out my bookmark contributions to the swap in an earlier blog post!  I hope their recipients are enjoying them as much as I am enjoying the ones I was lucky enough to receive.

All of this bookmark swapping got me in the mood to create some bookmarks for the fall craft shows I am going to be participating in during the coming months!
I used some of the stitched paper I made last year to create a collection of bookmarks. 
Then I stitched ribbons to bookmark paper to create lighter-weight bookmarks with exposed stitching in the back. 
More bookmarks awaiting stitching next to the sewing machine
I will be curious to see what kind of interest these bring at the craft fairs!

Again, many thanks to Chris for the bookmark swap, and for putting me in a "bookmark frame of mind"!


Wendy said...

Now I'm totally in a book mark frame of mind - too bad I only read ebooks, sigh.

eli said...

Adoro los marcapĆ”ginas! Precioso el que te enviĆ³ Marie, y preciosos los que has cosido... a montones!

Karenann Young said...

The bookmarks look awesome! I'm going to have to make some of my own! My bookmarks are torn pieces of paper!!!

laurie said...

i think your bookmarks are going to be a big hit at the craft shows. in addition to being useful, they are great to stick inside a book when giving it as a gift. or with a gift card to a bookstore. :-)

Parabolic Muse said...

I love this! Look at all those fabulous bookmarks!
Thanks for the shout out. You have inspired me so much, I'm glad I could do a little inspiring of my own!

April Cole said...

Works of art, these bookmarks are. :]
Looks like your swap is going very well, "CHEERS" to spreading art love!!

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