Colorful Bookmarks made from Mini Paintings

Lately there’s a couple things I’ve been collecting from my travels and one of them is bookmarks. I love having different bookmarks from places I’ve been. I have bookmarks from Italy and Baja that I especially enjoy using. And I do love art bookmarks that feature the work of artists I admire. So on that note, I decided to make some of my own bookmarks featuring the artwork of some of my mini paintings.

Dream Garden Bookmark
Dream Garden Bookmark

I used my large format printer to print out the images on heavy weight fine art paper. I put 2 coats of acrylic satin varnish on them which makes the colors really vibrant and the surface super smooth. So far I’ve made three different bookmarks. The first one I call my Garden Dream Series and it features 3 abstract flower paintings. I decided to attach them to a 5″ x 7″ card with clear plastic corners and put them in a cello sleeve so someone could use it as a gift. I was going to put an envelope in with them but decided against it. But one could mail it in an envelope and write on the back of the 5″ x 7″ card.

Jeweled Sky Bookmark
The next set I made are images from my Jeweled Sky mini paintings. So I call it the Jeweled Sky Series Bookmarks.

The back of the bookmark has some hand printed type at the bottom of it that says the date and my website URL. I don’t want folks to forget where it came from. The back of the 5″ x 7″ card has some small handprinted type at the bottom of the card as well that reads “Hand Made by Lindy Gruger Hanson” “Bend, Oregon” ” www.artbylindy.com” I always like when things say the date and where they came from. I have a few things I’ve picked up in my travels that say that. I have a Santa Christmas Ornament from Hawaii with the date on it. It reminds me of that trip every time I hang it on the tree and I smile inside remembering how silly it seemed to be buying a Christmas Ornament in Hawaii when it was near 90 degrees.

Holiday Bookmark

Then I made a Holiday bookmark that features my “Angel Guide The Way” painting, my “Fly with Joy” and “I Love The Seasons” images. I think they would make great stocking stuffers! I might make a more masculine bookmark so I can give them to my nephews …oooo, I hope they’re not reading this 😉  My best friend might like one but she’ll probably stick it on the fridge for decoration…hmmm, that’s an idea, I might put one on my fridge just for fun to decorate it… and then my sister who reads a lot might like one and then there’s my Mom who enjoys reading and uses bookmarks…maybe you know someone too who might like one? Find them at my Etsy Shop at http://lgrugerhanson.etsy.com Enjoy!

Fun, Whimsical Skateboard

I’m having a whole lotta fun making things with my art! I thought a skateboard would be a cool thing to design using an image from my new painting “One Played While the Others Flew”. You can see it at my Zazzle store. It is amazing all the different places you can sell your art and designs online these days. Here is a link to “40+ Places to Sell Your Designs Online” at Mashable.com. Have fun!

UPDATE: I was just notified that my skateboard design was given a “Todays Best” award at Zazzle.com. Visit: http://www.zazzle.com/pd/awards

Art Fabric and more on making stuff!

Here’s some more info on making stuff. I discovered this Web site on making art fabric on-demand. http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome Wouldn’t this be fun to design your own fabric for curtains or pillows! If you have a design and use their service, I’d love to hear about it! Here’s a company that has used them http://www.ninetomatoes.com/ and here’s another fun Web site on making stuff. http://www.craftstylish.com/

Whimsical Mug

On my last post, I was saying how I love to make things. And I do. I just love making things with my art. That’s why I have Greeting Cards and my zazzle store. So I made a mug from my new painting “One Played While the Others Flew”. You can change the color of the inside of the mug which I think is really cool. I’ve put a saying on it too at the bottom in white that reads, “Love the Music. Love the Colors. Love the Art in You.” Hope you like it. I have one more new product that I’ll tell you about in another post. It’s not quite finished yet.

Go Make Something


I’ve always been one for making stuff. Ever since I was a child, I’ve liked to make handmade things. And I’ve been thinking about Valentine’s Day and making something for Greg. So I was doing a little research on line…and I discovered a web site called http://gomakesomething.com/ This is a web site about making things…I like the mini printables section too and there are some free things on this web site like free printables. And all these ideas led me to the idea that I haven’t made anything new on my zazzle.com site recently. So I’ll be making some new things soon and posting them to my zazzle site. I’ll let you know what I’ve made in a few days. Let me know what you’ve made recently or if you have some ideas for me to make for my zazzle store.