Welcome to my “Let’s Make” series. Where I invite YOU to join me in making a work of art.
Let’s Make A Zine!
For the past couple of months, I have been a little bit obsessed with zines. For those who aren’t familiar with zines, a zine is basically, and I quote from Merriam-Webster, “a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.” I like to think of zines as a creative, easy, and affordable way to make a little book of whatever topic you are interested in and care about. The great thing about zines is that you can mass produce them (via photocopier for instance) and pass them out to friends, family, strangers on the bus etc.
So, how does one make a z i n e ?
Well, there are a couple of different ways to approach zine-making. The very first zine I made, and perhaps the easiest way to get started, is to make a One-Page zine. Start with an 8.5”x 11” sheet of paper, fold it up and make one cut. Here is an image I found through a simple google search that demonstrates how and where to fold and make the cut:
I’ve made a zine, now what?
Yay! You’ve folded and cut your first zine, now it’s time to create the contents of your new little book. The freedom of choosing what subject or topic to share is endless (and sometimes overwhelming). To help get your creative juices flowing here are some ideas you can start with:
A collection of drawings you made during vacation
An environmental awareness zine
Your favorite memories from the 8th grade
Your favorite spots in your city, town, neighborhood
Animals you wish existed (literal “cat-fish” anyone?)
Collection of photographs
Hopefully you get the idea. While topics can be as broad as you like, I always think the more specific you are the more of a unique story you can share.
Here are some examples of a zine series that I made inspired by the Dada art movement, specifically Tristan Tzara's "How to made a Dadaist Poem" which I pasted on the back of each zine. (Perhaps, making a Dadaist poem will be the next blog post!)
If you’re reading this and have a zine you’d like to SHARE, feel free to send it to me at
email@example.com and I’d love to share your work on my blog!
For more inspiration, Click Here to check out my zine board on Pinterest featuring all kinds of zines.