Corner Bookmarks

Have you seen any of the YouTube videos of ‘Flash Mobs’ – the ones where a large number of  apparently normal shoppers and tourists suddenly group and start singing and harmonising? Well, I belong to the Brisbane Illustrators Group, and we did a similar thing—but producing artworks.

Over a short period of time, we arrived at the Collectors’ Cafe at the Queensland Museum, mingled, ordered and strolled to a table. After chatting for a while, someone suggested that it was time…and the paints, coloured paper, glue, scissors, pens, crayons and envelopes appeared from bags.

…And we created ‘corner bookmarks’.

Just cut off the corner of an envelope and decorate…


…and slip over the page where you stop reading.

Then, just like a ‘flash mob’, we cleared up and vanished back into the crowd.

This is a great activity for children. As you can see, we all enjoyed producing samples for inspiration. Apart from being fun, it encourages artistic creativity, and  just maybe it will tempt participants to read and have the need to mark page places.

Special thanks to artists:

Karen Mounsey-Smith –
Tanya Hempson –
Tony Single –
Anil Tortop – 
Angela Sunde –
Katherine Battersby –
Annie O’Dowd –
Lucia Masciulo –
Graeme Fitzsimmons –
Pascale Schmid –
Sona Babajanyan –
Joanne Brooker –
Giorgia Gurrieri –

…and I did some, too.

I hope these examples inspire you to have a go as well.

Peter Taylor