Are you passionate about your books like I am? Since I was a little girl I have been a voracious reader. Art and design books crowd my studio and paperbacks are tucked away in hiding places everywhere. I do lend books from my precious collection at times, but I always want them returned, don’t you?
We’ve seen the most gorgeous simple and ornate versions of bookplates in the stores and online. Not only are they graphically wonderful, they help borrowers remember whom the cherished book belongs to.
As much as I love stenciling as an art form on furniture, walls and more, today I decided to create a bookplate design using one simply beautiful stencil and my computer. So, if you have a computer and don’t mind trying something fun, you can do this!
- Royal Design Studio’s Amisha Motif Indian stencil, Flat Black stencil crème and 3/8” stencil brush
- White printer paper and sheets of sticker paper
- Computer and printer/scanner with black and colored ink
- Tape, paper towels like Bounty, tin foil for a palette
Lay the stencil on a sheet of paper and tape in place. Dip the stencil brush into the Flat Black and offload extra paint, first on the tin foil and then on the paper towel to be sure no paint runs under the stencil. Use a swirling motion to stencil and don’t completely fill in the design.
Lay the design on the scanner and scan into your computer. Name it and save it to your desktop. Be sure to select a resolution of 300 dpi and a jpeg file format since this will be printed later.
Go to Picmonkey.com and click “Design”. Choose the design from your computer where you saved it on the desktop and it will load onto the page.
Running down the left side of the screen are lots of fun choices for design. We are just going to touch on a few. Click on the little wand tool on the far left – the second one down. It will open lots of horizontal pictures of choices. Click on “Tint.” Play around with options. You can see my settings. When done, click “Apply.”
Now click on “Bokeh Shapes” and play. Click “Apply” when done.
Next click on the Butterfly symbol on the very left. Choose “Labels” and pick one.
Play with the tools to change colors and transparency of the label. At the top click on the little arrow next to two pieces of paper to combine all image elements.
Now click on the Tt or type tool choice at the very left. Click on “Add Text” which opens a text box. Type in a name and anything else. Play with the colors. At the top of the screen click “Save.”
I also added a simple drop shadow by clicking the picture frame icon in the tools on the left.
When you love your design, go to the top of the screen and save it. I printed out a proof and decided to change the type to black.
You can use a program like InDesign or Photoshop to group several bookplates on one page and print them out in color. Cut them out and insert in the front of your precious books. And of course, these custom designs are perfect inexpensive gifts for the readers in your life!
Find lots more fun ideas to broaden your stencil horizon on Paint + Pattern’s How-to+DIY section as well as on Royal Design Studio’s Pinterest page.