Messy Art Zine Video Tutorial

UPDATE: Paperbag Studios stamps and Art Pops™ are no longer available, but many things can be substituted to make this project!
Get creative and have fun!

Jenni Zmuda

Zines seem to be the latest fast approaching craze. I couldn't resist trying to make one myself. Once you get the hang of folding it, the possibilities are endless.

Design Team member Jenni Zmuda is sharing with us how she has made her gorgeous messy Art Journal Zine with us for her design team project. Be inspired to make your own one of a kind zine with her wonderful video tutorial. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @jennizmuda #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

You can use printer paper to make your zine. The thinner the paper, the easier it is to fold. I chose to use a page from a magazine. Its thicker and somewhat water resistant. Keep in mind the more medium you add, the more the paper may warp and crinkle up.

Let the words pop

I chose a page that had text as well as imagery. I love the little pops of words and pictures showing through adding to the visual interest. Some say my work, this Zine included, is messy. Well, they'd be right. LOL! I work very intuitively, without much thought or planning; layering on paint, inks, stickers and stamps.

Too much thinking gets in the way of the process. - Tweet That!

Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

Hmm...there are so many! lol It changes from month to month. Right now I can't live without my Stabilo Marks All pencil. It writes on anything and never gets gummed up and unusable, like so many other pencils/pens.  But mostly, I can't live without a good quality gel medium. Something thick, and not too runny. Something that can hold lots of media in place. Liquitex Matt Gel Medium is a favorite brand.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

Just being able to make a mess. To let loose without any rules or pressure. We put way too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. Art, the kind of art I do, is very cut and dry. Slap it down and see what happens. Don't like it? Gesso over it and start over. There are no mistakes. Only opportunities for added texture.

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