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Design a Gratitude Journal Zine: Basic layout & color theory on one sheet

teacher avatar Eline Stolp, @elinestolp on insta

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Gather the Supplies

    • 3. Fold the paper into a Zine

    • 4. Find a color scheme

    • 5. Cutting out shapes

    • 6. A simple LayOut

    • 7. Front and Back with Lettering

    • 8. Photocopy your Zine!

    • 9. Finish up and do a Happy Dance!

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About This Class

Looking for an inspiring way to prompt your journaling? 

In this class I will take you step by step to making and multipying a gratitude zine for you and your loved ones. 

You will learn how to fold a sheet of paper into a little booklet. 

You will also learn to design a beautiful color scheme with the help of magazine cut outs and plain colored paper. And you will learn to balance the design of the lay-out with shapes and lines. 

I will show you a hack to use a handlettered font to get to great results. 

Then you can combine these skills into a zine of your own, that can be easily photocopied to hand out to friends and family or even to potential fans.

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Eline Stolp

@elinestolp on insta


Hi, I'm Eline. I'm an art teacher and mom of two in the Netherlands, taking up illustration as a side thing because creativity is THE way to find a balance in a busy life, I'm sure you agree :) 

You have to know that I have recently launched three different Skillshare Classes on creative subjects: Making a ZINE, Painting a Wheel of the Year with watercolors and Drawing fearlessly on the streets with sidewalk chalk.  If you'd like a notification when next classes go life, make sure you follow me here on skillshare. Thank you for your support!!  

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1. Introduction: Let's make a gratitude, Journal goes well noted, Writing things down that we appreciate makes us appreciate things, even more rights. What's a better place to write those things down than your own handmade journal? Hi, I'm Alina. Still, I am an art teacher and illustrator in the medal ins. Today, I'd like to show you how you can make a zine. Azzan is a self published book, uh, often handmade, sometimes printed by a professional friendship, but often also just found, copied and folded together. Um, and I think it's just that high level off D I. Y. That gives it such, um punky like empowering Feel about them discovered scenes when I was preparing a class for my students about topography on. Then I found this way for folding one sheet that you can fold into a gym, and I immediately fell in love with their technique, and I still very often make scenes for, like all kinds of occasions, the show some of the scenes that I've made so far. For example, I made a serious of scenes from skill share classes that I followed, take notes and doing experiments and exercises on one sheet that I have them photocopied a couple of times. I used to scenes to hand them out as presence or as alternative business cards, and I add them to the orders made in my Etsy shop as a little extra giveaway in this class , you will learn how to fool the sheets off paper into a little book. It's You call this the master copy. I will then show you how to choose a beautiful color scheme, starting with magazine cutouts and additional plain colored paper. I will explain why some colors go well together by looking at the color real and showing you several options to choose from. Next, I will show you how I balance the design of the layout. It cut out shapes and Han drone rice and explain why I like to use drawings in my collages . I will also reveal to you my tips were using hand drawn funds that will help you get to great results in no time. At the end, you will be able to combine these skills into a scene of your own that can be easily photocopied. Hand that out to friends or family or even future fence or clients while you watch the class. You can just put on your own background music. I will only use birth sounds at the beginning. Off each chapter. Yes. Are you ready? Let's go. 2. Gather the Supplies: you. Let's take a look at the supplies we need to make this scene. We will use standard sized paper like a four or you wish letter. It should be the size that is normally inside photocopy machines like those you will find at the local store or library. We will also need some pretty magazines for clashing, and you will need playing colored paper. I use this folding paper that we have in the house for the kids. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Just make sure you have a couple of options. Finally, you need the scissors, a glue stick, a pencil, a razor and the black fine liner for a fine liner. I use micron size Otri. 3. Fold the paper into a Zine: we started the base that is to send their size paper. I live in the Netherlands, so it is a four for me that starts by folding the paper in half. Then we fold both sides halfway to the middle, creating four columns, then before the paper lengthwise, creating eight rectangles. To make this into a scene, we make a cut of the scissors over the middle of the paper all the way till here. When the paper is cut, you should be able to fold the sheets like this. The cut opens, creating pages folded all the way into a booklets. This is your master copy. We have a front. We have one to three spreads on the bank because we will be felt a copying this scene and use it as a journal. We will not fill the pages completely. We want to leave space for writing. Also, keep in mind that's wherever. With that color, the ink off the photocopies will make those areas a bit harder to write on. On the front and back, However, we can go full out and illustrate with beautiful colored shapes using the Kalash technique 4. Find a color scheme: We want to achieve a sense of unity throughout. Dizzy. In this video, we will look at images from magazines that we can use, and we will use the color theory toe accompany the Children image with two additional colors. I really like using images from magazines. It helps to have a starting point, and it's also often give me a set of colors that I wouldn't usually use. This is why I keep a fair stack off old magazines under my desk, and friends often donate their old magazines to me. This is how I give things organized. I give one drawer for coal ash material. Whenever my pile of magazines gets too big, I sit down with them and tear out all the pages. It's full images or just an appealing layout. It saves a lot of space, and it also saves a lot of time. Whenever I am looking for bigger images, the imagery are looking for Has to meet two demands. I don't want it to be too detailed or concrete. I'd like to be free to use different parts off the image and still keep a sense of unity. Images like landscapes are very suitable but also something like a fashion page. The other demand is that it iss big, preferably a full page, so I have enough material to work with. That way I can experiment and change my mind when I want to, without running out of paper. These images are all very good options, but I will choose only one. Let's look at additional colors, so we'll have some plain colored paper to use, along with printed image. This is red. A folding paper comes in. I take out one sheet of each color to see how they combine with the color selected images. This is also where I'd like to dive in obits in college theory. If you are familiar with the color wheel and color harmony, feel free to skip this parts, you can choose to colors that will accompany your chosen image. If, however, this is new to you, stay with me because that will introduce you to the color wheel and explain why certain colors looked good together and why other combinations are just a bit too much in the color wheel. The colors are organized in a certain way. We first have to primary colors red, yellow and blue in between those out of secondary colors that are mixes of primary colors purple, orange and green in between those that they're cherry color shall placed. They were a mix of primary and secondary cars, so we got to see color families, blues, yellows and reds. There are different names for different kinds of color combinations, so let's take a look at a few of them. With the help of an online color calculator, you can find the link in the class Resource is below. I chose being as a starting point, which is actually a lighter shade of red with hints of purple. When we combine pink with similar colors, recall it on analogous pallets. Monochromatic palettes uses different shades of the same color, a complementary pallets that's a color from opposite the wheel. Complimentary color stand to appear brighter next to each other. A traumatic pallets consists off three colors that are evenly spread out across the color wheel, like rat, blue and yellow. For three primary college attach Reddick palette consists of four colors that are evenly spread out. Like these, we will go for only two additional color. Still to keep it simple and the chosen image itself already has some extra shades, and using it all you have to decide is whether you want a contrast in college like the complementary once or harmonious Karlis like monochromatic or analogous. In the end, however, choosing your color palette is still an intuitive act. You see me here trying different combinations we can use to call a theory to understand our choices, or maybe be a bit more irrational about it on make a different choice than we usually do. When I think about using a gratitude journal, I want to have a palette that inspires mindfulness rest and balance. So I choose colors that are not very saturated and are even in the spread over the color. Were you complementary colors? Pink and green also look very fresh together. 5. Cutting out shapes: Let's start cutting out shapes the shapes. You two shouldn't be too hard to cut outs. You can choose formal shapes like rectangles, circles, triangles. Um, and you want to repeat a surgeon shape a couple of times that will create a sense of rhythm that is aesthetically pleasing. However, you also want a bit of variety here. So what shapes go well together? Maybe your image can inspire some kind of thing. For example, in this scene that I made before filming this class, I used an image off a sense. It's guy that reminded me, uh, inspired me to cut out clouds, shapes and raindrops and drama. Ryan Bow shape here for my current image, where there are puts with powders, creams and a brush. I could go for wellness team or makeup associations. So let's brainstorm four of its You could do this mentally just in your head, but I am a great fan of writing stuff down. As soon as you put your thoughts to paper, they become literally more tangible, making it easier for new ideas to come up next. So I think wellness, I think Flowers, Buddha, Lotus on. I'm also thinking makeup. Uh, that would be lipstick kisses tools. By drawing the basic shapes, I can check how suitable they are to cut out and still showed the texture and color that I chose the image for. So now I decide on hearts, lotuses and eyes. Keep your master Kobe close so you can have a sense of the scale. Either cut out the shapes directly or draw them out with pencil. For when you cut, you will create your shape, but also a negative, which may be a fuse as well. So keep it around. That's got at a couple more shape so we can start building the layout in our next step. 6. A simple LayOut: Now that we have a couple of shapes cut out, we can start playing with the layouts. Front and back can be filled completely. His prints. We keep more open space for writing because I think of how photocopied inked areas are less easy to write on. We will feel the three spreads first, get the sheet full. That's to see the effect off the layout of each breath. Better. I have sped up the video of me making the layout, but I will come back to that later to explain the choices that I made insurance. I'm playing around with my shapes, sometimes adding a few more or cutting away a bit more and gluing them down with a glue stick. Whenever I feel like it to add definition and interest toe there's in. I will now take fine liner and your lines onto the thing. Did you not too much as we will be using it as a journal, so we don't want it overcrowded. I use different lines to add variety. Either use a continuous line or a dotted line. I like to go around the shape and follow the shape within, or I can go across shapes or across the empty space. Making connections like this drawing patterns inside or around shapes is also an option. But I will not yet be using that here because I want plenty of space to write in my zing later on. For the first spread, I have used the same blueish powdery parts from the magazine, a pink flower and a organic piece of warm pink to reflect that color. On the second page, I let the flower be a centerpiece, though I'm happy with the negative shape off the bluish flower Xing like a shadow for the second spread. I haven't used that much pink toe after for authority to the to the total off the scene, I kept this spread in cooler turns. The layout is asymmetrical but balanced due to the different sizes off the triangles. Also, I entered a piece off solid green. There are ah both to balance the detailed structure off the triangles. On the third spread, I used more different shapes, and I had a little trouble bringing them together as a whole. It helps that the three colors are present on both sides, like green, bluish and pink. Um, it wasn't until I had a fine line into it that I was able to establish a connection between the lose elements of this print. Too many shapes together make a spread a bit confusing to look at, so I guess that the lesson here is to just keep things simple. 7. Front and Back with Lettering: we will now designed the front and back off the scene, using the same colors and designs as for the, uh, spreads. But now we can go full out and cover all the area. We don't need to leave any empty space for future writing. I am just clashing all kinds of leftovers together, using circles as main shapes to keep it simple. I let the circle shape repeat itself in different sizes very and colors and textures that I also already used for the spreads. I am measuring out some last solid color circles that I will use for the title and for some info on the back. Um, and I didn't glue the one for the title down just yet. Andi, I will show you why. If you are experience with hand lettering or you just like your own handwriting, you can skip this parts. Um, or this will not be too hard for you. Um, but I will show you a sneaky little heck with which anyone can use pretty phones for a zine title. Just open up your text editor on your browser or even your smartphone and top in your title , then just changed the phones until you find one you like. Now your paper over the screen and trace it with your fine liner. Euromonitor will function like a light books, making it really easy to see. You can also use a Web service like on VA. For more different phones. Go to confer on your browser. Choose whatever templates and type in your text again. You can change the funds until you see something you like and then trace it onto paper. Think of what you want to add to the back. It could be smart toe at your personal information. If you plan to hand out copies, for instance, I usually leave my instagram handle there or a message that I want to spread out to the world. It could also be an instruction on how to use the scene. Like right, you're happy thoughts in this journal after day feel the joy that you are looking for. Are you gonna go for a minimal look and simply put one last shape on the colored background and leave it like that? Remember, this is your design and your projects, and there's no right or wrong here. Do what feels good for you 8. Photocopy your Zine! : now the Masako Peas are done. Next stop is going to in a photocopy machine and making a stack of them. Um, because it's so nice to hold it, like in a steak. Um, that's your own products. I highly recommend it, and it's even better when you start handing them out and getting real life feedback off your friends and family. So let's go to a photocopier just one first, because some machines don't line out as you would expect. Most do some clipping around the edge. And that's just part of the deal. It being a self published art scene and not a professional high end product. I think it just adds to the fun of scenes. They are quirky and still beautiful. Anyway. Print about 10 copies or as many as you once, and take them home. But make sure to keep the masa Kobe safe for future copying. Have a folding party. Look at that stack of scenes. If you think that is great, wait until you start handing them out. Sharing the joy is doubling the joy, and I am sure you will have a great conversation starter. Get lots and lots of positive feedback and make people very happy 9. Finish up and do a Happy Dance!: we have come to the end of this class and our scope of last things I'd like to say first, please upload a photo off your masters. Copy two Partick Gallery and show us your stack of seeds when you made copies. Please show us your master copy folded down or in several Shilts so we can get a few awful your spreads. I can't wait to see how you choose your callers on what team you will come up with for your shapes and how you will lay them all out. Let's get inspired by each other's creations and give some feedback to. In my opinion, a creative supports of community is vital to enforce our creative habits. Thank you for watching this class as this is my first class and skill share. I'm dying to read your reviews so I can make more and better videos for you in the future. Make sure to follow me up. There is a teacher, so you get a notification whenever new classes are released. This is it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. On I'll go do a happy dance now and you endure your zines. Five