One thing that makes me endlessly happy is seeing more and more crafters making their own zines. (Remember this old podcast?) I recently received a package of unbelievable zine-y goodness from Linda Tieu, and had to share.
Linda is an artist and illustrator, and she lives in Italy. (Hence the name of her zine, Pensieri, which is Italian for “Thoughts.”) Pensieri is now two issues old. Issue One is a wonderful introduction to art journaling. Issue Two teaches you how to make a wide variety of pockets to add mystery and specialness to your creative projects.
The production quality here is outstanding! Linda used a nice kraft paper envelope as the basis for her cover, which gives it a nice heft and also allows for surprises (more on that in a moment). Then, she added a cloth spine and hand-stitched the binding. This is the kind of thing I really love in zines – all those careful touches that make each copy special.
Issue One not only gives you lots of encouragement and practical tips for starting an art journal, it’s also a collaborative art journal between you and Linda. She’s sprinkled in all these mostly-blank pages, where she’s added a creative touch and a little prompt for you to take from there. Isn’t that a lovely idea?
So many pretty bits pasted in all over.
Incidentally, if you’re interested in art journaling, you should check out Linda’s blog post series, in which she challenged herself to make an A-Z art journal. Each page is about one word, chosen in alphabetical order each day. She’s been posting each day’s page and writing about how she came to the word and the expression. Wonderful stuff!
Here’s a glimpse of Issue Two, which Linda color printed instead of pasting in extras. She blogged about the things she learned between making Issues One and Two, and it’s really good reading for aspiring zine-makers. Zines are always a balance between what you want to do and what you can produce in multiples without it taking over your whole life.
Linda shares so many cool pocket styles in Issue Two – things I’d never seen before. She does amazing things with paper. (And incidentally, if you need exotic paper bits, check out her Etsy shop.)
…So earlier, I mentioned surprises. Remember those covers made from large envelopes? They hold goodies in the back! Issue One has an array of lovely papery bits for your art journaling.
Issue Two has templates for all the pocket styles in the zine! All of this just kills me with its awesomeness.