Winter Bookmarks PreClass

Welcome to the preclass lesson!

Let’s talk about the supplies needed for this course – you may already have plenty at home you can use! I always encourage trying out what you’ve got whenever possible. In the video below, you can see how you can take a full sheet (22″ x 30″) and turn it into 18 bookmarks and 2 cards! (The math is below the video.)


Before we start…a little housekeeping

I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means…

  1. Do not sell or give away the concepts from my classes – you may not re-teach my instruction contained or created within these lessons.
  2. Do not post a video tutorial or step by step photo tutorial of your own redraw of class content.
  3. Do not repost any handouts you receive in class.

However…I love to see students making strides and taking this teaching and personalizing it with your own skills.

  1. DO make your own designs and develop your own style! I love that!
  2. DO gift your creations made with these techniques, of course!

At the bottom of each lesson you’ll see some ways to share your homework and ask questions, so that’ll be handy for you.

Measurements for the paper

An Arches Cold Press sheet can be easily transformed into all you need for this class! Make 9 bookmarks and 1 card from half a sheet (or with a full sheet, 18 bookmarks and 2 cards) – all with a deckled edge on all sides by following these instrucitions – no wasted paper!

  1. Fold the 22 x 30 inch sheet in half, and fold back and forth 3-4 times.
  2. Run a wet sponge along the crease, and tear; make sure you tear sideways, not upwards.
  3. This provides two 22 x 15 inch sheets. Take one of the half-sheets and….:
    1. Mark a 9″ measurement and fold along that. Wet and tear.
    2. Fold each half in half, wet and tear. (Make sure you are NOT folding the 9″ length.)
    3. Fold those halves also in half, wet and tear.
    4. The remainder piece left after this is 15′ x 4″ – make a bookmark and a card from that section!


As with all my classes, use supplies you love, being prepared for different results. (Which is not a bad thing!)

Daniel Smith Watercolors:

  1. Cascade Green
  2. Paynes Blue Gray
  3. Cobalt Blue
  4. Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna
  5. Quinacridone Rose
  6. Yellow Ochre
  7. New Gamboge 


  1. Arches Cold Press sheet

Brushes (see more in the video below on brushes)

  1. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 8 OR Silver Brush Black Velvet Round 8
  2. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 4 OR Silver Brush Black Velvet Round 4
  3. Mottler Flat Wash 30, DaVinci
  4. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round 2
  5. A terrible but tiny brush to use with masking fluid (they get trashed by the fluid eventually)
  6. An old toothbrush


  1. Winsor and Newton White Gouache
  2. Ph Martins Bleed Proof White BLICK OR AMZ


  1. Spray bottle
  2. White artist tape, 3/4” 
  3. Grafix Art Board to tape down my paper
  4. MISKIT Masking Fluid, Grumbacher (ONLY used for one lesson) BLICK OR AMZ 


Further brush discussion

This video below is public on YouTube – and includes a brush discussion that may be helpful as you decide if you need any more brushes for this class.

Quick links to share your work wherever you like:

Artventure Community

Where you’ll be right in Sandy’s pocket for quick feedback and answers to questions

Student Facebook Group

Our closed group is a safe place to share for those in all our classes who love the ‘book!

Social media & blogs

Post wherever you like to share, and let your friends know which class you’re taking. They might like it too!