Some of my kids have been angling to tie-dye something, anything - and I know for a fact that we have a tie-dye kit somewhere in the house, but I cannot find it. So we faux-tie-dyed some bookmarks today - which, by the way, was *much* easier and *much much* neater than actually tie-dyeing all the things.
We used watercolor paints and some salt to create a tie-dye effect and we're pretty proud of how they came out. I'll show you what we did, but first, like I promised, I am going to connect all the ideas we share here to the weekly parsha, in this case, Korach.
My first thought was that Korach was somewhat of a salty character, personality-wise, but I didn't really think that was enough of a connection. I wasn't sure I'd come up with a better connection until Josh pointed out that the Hebrew word for salt - melach - does, in fact, appear in this week's Torah portion, in chapter (perek) 18, verse (passuk) 19 where Hashem tells Aaron that there will be an eternal "salt-covenant" with Aaron and Aaron's descendants. And what exactly is a "salt-covenant", you ask? Rashi explains that Hashem uses a salt metaphor, because just as salt never spoils, this covenant will always stay true and will never go bad.
So there it is, the salt connection.
And this is how we made the bookmarks - which will come in handy when some people here will procrastinate about actually reading the summer reading books.
We started by fully covering sheets of watercolor paper with brightly colored watercolor paints.
As we added paint to the paper, and brushed more water over the watercolor paints to spread them out, we also sprinkled (regular table) salt over the wet areas - and it was quite fascinating to watch as the salt almost repelled the colored paints and water and created a tie-dye effect. Then we hung them outside to dry because we have this nice line outside and the odds of us hanging laundry out there is pretty much zero.
Once the pages were dry, we brushed the salt off of each page. Do this outside because no one wants salt flying all around the house. And make no mistake, the salt will fly.
Next, we cut the pages into bookmark shapes - each one roughly measures 4.5" x 1.5" but it's okay if they are not exact. Or straight. As a matter of fact, if you have a scissor that cuts in wavy lines or any decorative lines (we do, but it must be hiding with the tie-dye box), use them because them it won't matter if the lines are straight or the measurements are off.
Use a black Sharpie marker and decorate the bookmarks any way you like.
Use a hole puncher and make a hole at the top of each bookmark. Then use ribbon and beads or just some pretty string to make a topper for your bookmark. We played around with a variety of materials, including raffia ribbon, small and large beads, curling ribbon, twine and buttons.
The variations on bookmarks are as endless as your imagination (and your craft stash). We like to use odds and ends in future project, so I saved the random pieces of watercolor painted paper that we left over. It always seems silly at the time to save scraps of paper, but it usually works out well.
Happy bookmark making!
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