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So many books … so little time

Hello all, Kia here with you today.  I decided to change it up a bit and do a bookmark.  I could not resist this Bookmark called So many books, so little time.  Isn’t that the truth!

The image is stamped on Arches 140lb Coldpress Water Colour Paper and used my Zig brushes to paint.  I wanted the Gerbera Daisies to pop so I did them in a Light Carmine and Scarlet Red, and used a Light Blue for the background. The flower centres and around the clock are done in yellow, and the clock face is done in a Light Grey.  Once it was dry I attached it to black cardstock and then thought I wanted to do the back as well, so I painted another in different colours for the back of the bookmark.

This is the back of the bookmark. The Gerbera Daisies are done with yellow then the Light Carmine, and the background I changed to May Green.  The accents are still yellow but the face of the clock is done in a Medium Grey.  I like both of them, each different from the other.  Art Neko has the Plastic Sleeves for protection, so I have used this for my bookmark.  There  also was a Tassle, but while I was painting the bookmarks, my pet Cockatiel named CC, had a party with the tassel. I should have know something was up when she was so quiet. The tassel became spaghetti. So, to replace the tassle I used some Bakers Twine in yellow and white.

I hope you enjoy this post today and wish to thank you for visiting the Art Neko Blog.


Chinese Chop Signature

Good Morning,  it is Shirley posting today.  I have made a Asian card to share with you. I used the Calligraphy and Chinese Chop Signature along with the Bamboo and Kanji Bookmark.


Here is some information on the Chopped Calligraphy Stamp that I received from Annette.  The Japanese Kanji is a personalized signature and “chop” of an artist.  As you already know,  Asian artists sign their work with a stamp, a chop, in red. It is usually a square, a rectangle, an oval, or a combination of geometric shapes with Kanji or Chinese script inside the geometric shape. This design is extra special because it has three parts: the usual rectangle at the bottom left, a large central Kanji with a notation on the right that is smaller. This type of combination I have seen only in twentieth century signatures. Sometimes it will include not just the chop identifying the artist, but where the item was created, an actual date, a title for the art piece  and or a personal comment about the art by the artist.  This specific Japanese Kanji is some of the newest we have found from the late twentieth century.

Thanks, so much for joining us today. Have a great weekend.





When is a bookmark not a bookmark?

A bookmark, obviously, isn’t a bookmark when it’s a card! It’s Sabrina here today, and I wanted to share a card I made with the beautiful Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko. It’s actually one of several bookmark-style stamps which can all be found on the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate A382FSHT, so  you will be seeing a couple more bookmark cards from me over the next few weeks. I do read and love books, but typically I don’t use a lot of bookmarks myself except in recipe books to mark favourites!  I really like the Art Nouveau (or is it more Art Deco?) look of this image.

uncolored image of Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko


When my husband was looking at it, he wondered what I would do with this particular design. I said I was going to add rhinestones to all the little circles in it, and he thought that sounded good. Of course, it means it’s totally unsuitable as a bookmark because I respect my books too much to put anything dimensional into them – so I turned it into a card.

To start with, I stamped the entire image on Eclipse tape and made a couple of masks so that I could sponge in background colours after colouring the flowers with Polychromos pencils. For the lower flowers, I stamped them again a couple of times on thin white card, and cut them out for layering. While the upper flowers are left flat, I added a little Stickles to the centre of each one. After colouring and then sponging with distress inks (antique linen, forest moss and peacock feathers) I added the flower layers and bling.

Close up detail of the layered flowers on the Diamonds and Flowers bookmark card


To create a base to display this, I used Spellbinders Bracket Borders 1 – they picked up perfectly on the diamonds in the bookmark, and created a lovely frame for it.  Using the Gold Leaves Paper on Black I cut another set of brackets to lay underneath the diamond apertures.

I cut each border slightly wider than I needed it to be, and then scored about half an inch in from the long straight edge. This made a tab which I was able to fold under and attach to the back of  another piece of white linen card cut to the size of a regular card front. I found this to be the cleanest and neatest way of attaching my borders – and then I added a little foam tape along the bracket edge to give them some dimension. I then added this whole piece to a regular folded card – and here it is.

Card made using the Diamonds and Flowers Bookmark stamp from Art Neko


I hope you like it! Have a great weekend and remember to check back next week for some more creative inspiration.


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