Thursday, 20 February 2014

DIY Sharpie Engraved Leather Bookmarks

So this DIY is a little 'love' themed and was intended as a pre Valentine's Day gift idea. But I kinda put off posting it as I thought they looked a bit 'naff'. However, I've decided to just go ahead with the post anyway, seeing as I put the time and effort into making them I might as well show you how I did it (and you can make yours look way better).

I had some leather pieces that I bought from my (then) local scrap store, for about 15p a piece, and was wondering how to put them to good use, and having recently purchased a few books, bookmarks seemed like a good idea! Also, I though they would be good as gifts, or to go with a book that you're giving as a gift to someone, something you can really personalise.

For this DIY you will need:

Leather pieces or scraps
Sharpie permanent markers in your chosen colours
fabric scissors
Air erasable pen

I purchased my Engraving Pen from JosyRose for £8.95. Now, it's probably not something you'll want to buy for just this, but as it has a replacement nib and can be used on metal, glass, mirrors, wood, plastic and's would be a worthwhile investment for future projects...and it's super easy to use.

Start by cutting your leather to the size of the bookmarks that you want, remember to cut them slightly longer than the length of the book.
Using an air erasable pen will prevent any marks remaining during your measuring process

Once you have your bookmark(s) cut, you're ready to add a fringed bottom and etched design

Simply work out the thickness that you want your fringed pieces to be, and how high up you want the fringing to go, then mark and cut

Now you can start engraving. I drew a quick design on paper before etching the leather, just as a guide, but I veered off a little anyway.
It can take a little while to get through the top layer of the leather, but using small, back and forwards, circular motions the tool is easy to control and works really well.

Once you're happy with your design, it's time to fill in the etched marks with your chosen Sharpies

You can get Sharpie Markers which are designed for fabric but I just used regular markers.

Continue until all the etched areas are filled and then you're done!

Here are some of the other bookmarks I did

The end.

P.S. I really recommend searching out your nearest scrap store, click here for more details on what they're about and how to find one near you, you never know what you will find!

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