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Creating a Little Zine

Updated: May 4

A grassy background with a left hand holding a drawing that says 'what we saw at the vale' in a speech bubble coming from a tortoise

What is a Zine?

A Zine (pronounced "zeen") is a homemade publication that can be filled with anything you're interested in. There are no set rules and you can fully unleash your creative powers when making one.

Why should I make one?

Well, you shouldn't just make one, MAKE LOADS!

Revel in experimenting as an amateur, just have a go and see what you can create. There's a real sense of fulfilment in expressing yourself and becoming fully absorbed in making something for yourself. At the end you'll have a tangible object that you can keep and build on or you could connect and share it with a friend.

Try experimenting with things such as changing the paper size to make a massive zine or a teeny zine, you can change the colour of the paper, use collage, drawing, mark making, sewing...

It's something you can complete in an hour or a few days depending on how much time you want to spend creating it and you can fill it with whatever interests you the most!

A left hand holds up a booklet of bird drawings in front of a nature reserve
A wildlife zine I created in lockdown

A left hand holds up a booklet containing a pencil drawing of a person playing bagpipes
A pencil drawing zine exploring Edinburgh

Get Creative!

  • My 'What We Saw In The Vale' zine is now available to buy and download HERE

  • Follow the instructions or YouTube video below to make your own zine

  • Find even more inspiration on my zine board on Pinterest

  • Share your creations! Add a link to your zine in the comments or email me at

an instruction sheet on how to make a zine
Feel free to print this sheet out to use in the future


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