This season’s artwork is created by @valloves2create

Dear Messy Artist 

You are worthy. Not because you have done anything, but simply because you are. In a world that tells us that we have to do x and y in order to be worth doing z, we go against the grain. You’re already used to going against the grain as you embrace imperfection and make art that focuses on process rather than product. Now it’s time to know, truly, that you are worthy.

You are worthy of taking time to create art just for you.

You are worthy of having a platform and sharing your art with others just because it gives you joy.

You are worthy of finding creative community that supports and cheerleads you on just because you are you.

You are worthy of calling yourself an artist because you make art

You are worthy of telling your story.

You are worth of self-compassion, self-love, and self-worthiness.

You are worthy of a beautiful unfolding.

After our deep exploration last month, we’re continuing to dig. Near the end of the month, there is a brand new class coming to your membership. It’s a new way of doing things, and it is going to revolutionise your artistic practice. Trust me. 

 I’m excited for all of it.

Download the zine template

Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

Supplies

  • a printer – black and white or colour, or outsource your printing to a friend or copy shop
  • scissors
  • anything else you’d like to add

Process

Print out the template above

If you can, print it out on sturdy paper at a high quality. I originally used Moleskine paper, but the yellow coloured the paper in a way that I didn’t like.

Fold and cut the template into a zine

If you’d like a tutorial on how to make a zine, check out the zine-making lesson from the Season of Self.

Once folded, it will look like this:

Fill in the blanks

Answer the journaling prompts inside the template. I added journaling written in pen, with two photobooth photos of myself that I fished out of the recycling bin. I used my sewing machine with fluoro pink thread to attach the images and to fuse some zine pages together. I tend to add less rather than more. You can add as much as you like. Use your favourite paints, collage material, and favourite things to make it yours. The mini journal is essentially finished, so you could also simply add some writing.

Here’s how my zine turned out:

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