Sometimes kids need a little encouragement to take up reading. Luckily, art and craft company Baker Ross has lots of reading encouragement stickers to reward children who show an interest in the wonderful world of literature.
Designing and making a scratch art bookmark is another incentive for kids to become bookworms. Once budding designers see the finished bookmark they will be keen to make use of it to keep their place and read lots of fun books.
Combining books with art is always a great idea – just look at the number of Roald Dahl books which have been brought to life by Quentin Blake’s fabulous illustrations.
A scratch art bookmark kit contains all kids need to make a bookmark which will be the toast of the classroom. The craft materials inside are:
- A blank black bookmark
- A double-ended wooden scratch art tool
Have some scissors (not included in the kit) at hand too before you begin.
Begin your task by picking up the plain black bookmark – it looks quite unpromising doesn’t it but should be viewed as a blank canvas for your imagination.
The thinner end of the scratch art tool is the key to sketching in the initial details. In the example used in this article, Kate has decided to depict a beautiful sunset scene of a ship sailing on the sea.
She starts by drawing some wavy lines representing the sea – a choppy ocean looks so much more artistic than still waters!
Next it is time for an outline of a boat – you can include a triangular sail or circular cabin holes if you like. Or maybe you’d like to draw a ferry complete with a rectangular funnel.
By now the ship should look like its sailing in a pitch-black ocean; but we want it to bob above the waves in a rather happier setting.
So it’s time to turn the scratch-art tool around and use its thicker end to apply the broad brush strokes which will create the colourful sky under which the ship sails. Scratching off the background will reveal the beautiful rainbow colours which lurk beneath the black exterior of the blank bookmark.
Take extra care while you are scratching near the boat and the surface of the waves – if you go over the boat’s edges you will spoil the outline and might have to scratch the project.
Black material will flake off while you scratch away but don’t worry – the end result will be worth it.
Once your masterpiece is completed you can loop the ribbon through the hole at the top and tie it in a knot.
If, like me, you are a little better at calligraphy than you are at drawing then you can always scratch ornate and swirly words on to your bookmark.
Kate seems to have had the same idea with the bookmark pictured below.
Kate has helpfully posted a video tutorial detailing how she made her ‘ship at sunset’ bookmark on Baker Ross’s YouTube channel.