I mentioned in my previous post how I altered the second batch a bit, allowing myself some creative freedom. I took the time to colour in all the little me in the sketch of me and Smilla. I have a jeans skirt on, but after a few of those I changed the skirt colour because I got bored with the blue skirt, and also gave myself pink hair, just for fun. I need to play more with my coloured pencils, colouring is fun. On the labels I splashed watercolour paint, making little colorful dots. Just having fun with it.
Some benefits of zine making
- I have proved to myself I could pull it together and make a zine
- I have learned that I have a lot so say about the subject of art journals and maybe even to teach others, at least to inspire and show my love for art journaling to fellow crafters
- I have also learned that I can create assembly line style and make “a product” – and also to enjoy the mindful repetition of that process
- As the first ten copies were part of the I love zine-swap I got ten yummy zines in the mail back. Being in the swap resulted in new online friends, inspiration, information, tutorials – and little pressies… Happy times indeed!
- I have to admit, that selling zines and earning money is really great when you’re not used to that.
- It has also been self-esteem boosting, selling the zine and getting requests to re-list it when it sold out. You guys who bought it don’t know how much I needed that boost. Thank you! Will you buy my next issue?
- Swapping! I have done a few swaps and trades with other zine makers which has been super fun. Now I will eagerly await Ninox first zine that she is swapping with me!
- The feeling of sharing, connecting and being apart of the online community is bigger after I made this zine
- Bonus: I have finished a whole roll of blue wallpaper that I didn’t know how to use… I have used it to make envelopes for the zines when shipping them. And also a wallpaper sample book was used for some zine covers. It has been standing around here taking up space for quite a few years now…
A tactile product
Someone asked me if it would be available as a PDF-download here on my site, but it will not. As you can see from the images above a huge part of this zine are the handmade parts. The deal is partly in the actual hands on making of the product. The stapled in paper inclusions (not one exactly like the other), the sewn cover and cut out label, the wallpaper cover and the away-from-the-computer feel and read.
The tactileness of it all is what I enjoy most, if we don’t count the writing part. Or the reading it myself part. E-zines can be great, but that was not what I wanted to create this time. I wanted to create a b/w photocopied zine in a small size, and that is exactly what I did. :-)
There are still a few copies left in my Etsy Shop, as well as wallpaper packs, embroidery art, magnets and yes, handmade envelopes… Check it out. :-)