These bookmarks are inspired by the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who has a real fondness, if not obsession, with polka dots of every size and colour imaginable. She’s covered everything from floors and canvasses, to naked assistants, but I’m not sure she ever made it to bookmarks. These will, no doubt, make the perfect accompaniment to all those books on your child’s summer reading list.
- white card stock or similar
- scrap paper
- pencil and eraser
- craft knife
- cutting mat
- circle template
1. Take a moment to explore Yayoi Kusama’s fascinating world of polka dots. Then use your circle template, and on some scrap paper, explore a variety of patterns made with the circles.
2. When you’ve made your choices, divide a piece of white card stock into rectangular sections, to roughly define the size of the bookmarks you want to make. Using a pencil, fill each section with a design.
3. Colour the designs in with markers, and once finished, cut them out. You can laminate them to help them last longer, and even add colourful yarn at the top, to create a tassel. Just use a hole punch to make a small hole near the top, and loop the yarn through. Happy reading!