How to Make Unique Gold Bookmarks

This step-by-step guide will walk you through my process so you learn how to make unique gold bookmarks too.

This gorgeous gold abstract bookmark is a one-off original piece created by myself, Maria Atton, the woman behind Le Cheval Fou. In this blog post I aim to walk you through the steps I took in creating this piece so that you can learn how to make unique gold bookmarks too.

So, first things first…

What materials and equipment do I need to make unique gold bookmarks?

Materials and equipments required to create your own gold abstract bookmark

Materials and Equipment

  • Thick card – I use 400gsm but thick watercolour card will also work well
  • Pebeo Gilding paste – Buy on Amazon
  • Old paintbrush – I use an old, cheap kids paintbrush that I don’t mind ruining!
  • Gold leaf – for small projects such as this I use imitation gold leaf – Buy on Amazon
  • Soft bristled brush – Buy on Amazon
  • Winsor & Newton gold ink – Buy on Amazon
  • Small pipette
  • Paper straw
  • Gelly Roll metallic gold fine line pen – Buy on Amazon

Now that you’ve got your materials and equipment ready, follow these steps to find out how to make your very own unique gold bookmark just like mine.

The step-by-step instructions on how to make your own unique gold bookmark…

Step 01 – Applying the gilding paste to your bookmark

Get your materials and equipment ready and cut your thick card down the size you want. The bookmarks I make use a 400gsm thick textured card and are cut down to 60mm x 160mm as I feel this is a good size bookmark, whether you’re reading a paperback or a hardback. 

Next you need to use your old paintbrush to randomly paint some gilding paste onto the area – be fairly generous. Be warned, this stuff can be pretty messy and can totally ruin your paintbrush so make sure you wash your brush out in soapy water as soon as you’re finished. 

Important: Wait 15 minutes before moving on to the next step!

how to make unique gold bookmarks - Adding the gilding pastes to the bookmark
how to make unique gold bookmarks - Adding the gold leaf to the bookmark

Step 02 – Apply the gold leaf to your bookmark

After leaving the gilding paste for 15 minutes you are now ready to add the gold leaf. Gold leaf can be incredibly fragile so handle this with care. Gently apply the gold leaf to the area (this may require more than one sheet) and carefully press down with the soft bristled brush.

Leave for a further 15-30 minutes to give the gilding paste time to dry adequately. 

Step 03 – Remove the excess gold leaf

Once you’re happy that the gilding paste has dried enough, use your soft bristled brush to gently rub away the excess gold leaf. As gold leaf is very light and fragile don’t be surprised if you find little bits of gold leaf everywhere!

how to make unique gold bookmarks - Removing the excess gold leaf from the unique gold bookmark
how to make unique gold bookmarks - Adding the gold ink

Step 04 – Add the gold ink to the gold bookmark design

Making use of the small pipette add drops of the Winsor & Newton gold ink to your bookmark sporadically. Make sure to give the ink a good shake first.

When you’re happy with the placement of the gold drops, use the paper straw to blow the ink around the bookmark. Turn the bookmark around to ensure that the gold ink travels in different directions for a more dynamic look.

Step 05 – Add your finishing touches using the gold fine line pen

The final step in the process of creating your own unique gold bookmark is to add in the finishing details. I did this with my metallic gold fine line pens using a series of lines to create a nice contrast to the randomness of the gold leaf and gold ink. Here you could add any pattern or combination of patterns that appeals to you.

Et voilá! Your gold abstract bookmark is finished and ready to use…. Enjoy! 

how to make unique gold bookmarks - Adding the finishes touches to your gold bookmark

I hope that you have found this step-by-step guide to creating your own gold abstract bookmark useful, but most importantly fun!

Of course, if you wanted to avoid all the ‘hard work’ and get your hands on an original piece of bookmark art you can always go to my Etsy shop here and buy one that is ready made! 

Signature of Maria Atton, Le Cheval Fou


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