Sunday, July 7, 2019

MORE WONDERFUL ZINES Swap - Postmark by August 5th

Who doesn't find small booklets charming?
We have had a good response to previous ZINES swaps 
(2014 and 2016) so - let's make some more.

The Zines we make to swap are small
folded booklets starting with an 8+1/2" x 11" 
piece of sturdy paper, which when folded four times 
will make eight equal pages
including a title page and a back page.
(Card stock is too thick to fold well.)

From a previous "Chocolate Swap"
If you are looking at the unfolded piece of paper,
only one side of the paper will be decorated.
Four "pages" will be right side up,
the other four "pages" will appear 
upside down (before it's all folded up).
After I decorate, fold, cut, then refold a Zine,
I use double-stick tape to keep the
page edges properly aligned.

You could decorate your full sheet of paper 
for background, then finish off each "page."  
Or completely compose each "page" separately. 

You may draw, paint, rubber stamp, collage, 
create digital art or use a combination of media.

Tell a story, tell YOUR story
Illustrate a hobby
Your first car
Describe a vacation, or
"If I Could Go Anywhere..."
Explore a theme
Experiment with media
Your favorite pet
The perfect dream
Use colors, shapes, words, photo's
Make a super-hero/heroine comic
Feature items you collect
Your favorite food/dessert/recipe(s)

Please somewhere on (or inside) your Zine 
write "MMSA" and include your name 
and contact information.

If you want to make multiples of one layout,
reproductions of your original are acceptable for this swap.
I have taken my originals to a professional printer 
to have them duplicated on larger paper 
which I then cut down to proper size.
(See second link for suggestions.) 

From a previous "Chocolate" swap
I  have put together two tutorials about 
ZINE design (see links below)
for those who are unfamiliar with this art form
or for those who want to review the process:

shows directions starting from scratch
with a blank form (without art).

How To Make A Zine - Part 2
shows directions using actual Zines I have made.

Click on this link to view

TECHNIQUE:  Make four folds.  Design a title page, decorate other seven pages with images and/or sayings, fold in half, make one cut
MEDIA:  Collage, paint, ink, rubber stamped images, mixed media; digital is also allowed
THEME:  Up to the participant
FOLDED SIZE PARAMETERS:  approximately 2+3/4" x 4+1/4" 
CHECKLIST:  1 - 4 Zines, self-addressed envelope with your return-address label and postage affixed

NOTE:  Sturdy paper that folds well is recommended.  Card stock is NOT the best choice as it is too bulky to fold neatly.
HINT:  If you mail your ZINES partly unfolded, your postage rate may be less than if they are folded shut and therefore thicker.

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