REVERSIBLE BOOKMARK – Colour, Kirigami, Measurement

In this two-part lesson students use markers to create a monoprint and then use the paper to make a kirigami reversible bookmark.

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REVERSIBLE BOOKMARK – Colour, Kirigami, Measurement


  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Braod Line Markers - Assorted Colours - 16 Count
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 7.6 cm x 22.9 cm (3" x 9")
  • Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Plastic Sheet Protectors - 1 per student
  • Cardstock Paper - 21.5 cm x 27.9 cm (8½ " x 11") - 1 piece per student
  • Plastic Placemats - 1 per student
  • Spray Water Bottles
  • Paper Towels
  • Scrap Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")


Step 1


  1. Draw a rectangle 15.2 cm x 22.9 cm (6" x 9") in the centre of a piece of cardstock paper.
  2. Place the cardstock paper inside a plastic sheet protector. This will be your printing plate.
  3. Place the printing plate on your desk with the rectangle facing up.
  4. Use the flat side of the markers to draw a design on the plastic surface.
  5. Draw the design to fit the rectangle.
  6. Use lots of colour.
Step 2
  1. Make sure the spray bottle is set so it gives a fine mist spray.
  2. Lightly spray a fine mist of water over the marker design.
Step 3
  1. Place a piece of printing paper on top of the wet ink. (Marker and Watercolour paper 15.2 cm x 22.9 cm)
  2. Place a piece of scrap paper on top of the printing paper.
  3. Gently rub the entire surface.
Step 4
  1. Remove the paper from the printing plate.
  2. Allow the paper to dry for about a minute.
Step 5


  1. Place the paper on your desk with the colour side facing up.
  2. ​Fold the paper in half lengthwise (long end to long end).
  3. Fold it in half lengthwise again.
  4. Lightly draw a line parallel to the long side of the paper 1 cm from the open edge.
  5. Measure and mark 2 cm spaces along the line.
  6. Measure and mark 2 cm spaces along the fold so that they are exactly opposite the other marks.
  7. Draw a line on an angle from the first 2 cm mark on the folded edge to the 4 cm mark on the line.
  8. Continue drawing lines 2 cm apart on an angle, and parallel to the first line until you get to the end.
Step 6
  1. ​Cut along the lines, starting at the fold and stopping at the line.

Step 7
  1. Open the paper and gently flatten it.
  2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise with the colour facing out.
  3. Place the paper on your desk with the arrow shapes pointing up.
Step 8
  1. Begin at the top.
  2. Each arrow shape will have 2 layers.
  3. Fold the first arrow shape down and crease it firmly at the sides.
Step 9
  1. Look to the edge of the cuts for the 2nd arrow below the 1st arrow.
  2. Fold that arrow down.
Step 10
  1. Open the first arrow.
    - It looks like a little bird's open mouth.
Step 11
  1. Insert the 2nd arrow between the layers of the first arrow.
  2. Fold the top layer of the 1st arrow down.
  3. The 2nd arrow should be tucked between the 2 layers of the first arrow.
  4. Continue in this way until you have folded all the arrow shapes.
Step 12
  1. Use a glue stick to fasten the edges of the paper and the ends of the arrows in place.
Step 13
  1. Trim the triangle at the bottom.
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