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Let's Cook: Make a Zine About Food & Cooking

teacher avatar Grace Danico, Illustrator / Designer / Archivist

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Project - Make a Zine About Food

    • 3. What's Your Recipe? - Inspiration & Ideas

    • 4. Prep Your Station - Materials & Workspace

    • 5. Let's Cook - Drawing & Layout

    • 6. Time to Plate - Printing

    • 7. Time to Plate - Binding

    • 8. Ready to Serve - Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Explore how illustrator Grace Danico brings whimsy, play, and excitement into every project she touches. In this 18-minute class, you’ll learn her step-by-step process for cooking up fun food illustrations and translating them into a zine as well as a range of insider insights on creativity, design confidence, and the power of stories. This class is perfect for designers, illustrators, foodies, and everyone who loves to eat. No prior knowledge or experience required! By the end, you’ll have everything you need to whip up, create, and share your own special food zine.

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Grace Danico

Illustrator / Designer / Archivist


Grace Danico specializes in art, illustration, design and animation.

Her work is a playful intersection of bold lines, imaginary characters, bright colors and lettering inspired by food, travel, plants, music and home life. She curated and wrote about illustration for the mid-century modern design blog Grain Edit, ran a pop-up restaurant, and graduated from Pratt Institute with a Masters in Library and Information Science.

She can often be found snacking, hunting for old books, playing her Casio keyboard and digging for records. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles as an archivist and freelance creative.

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1. Introduction: I'm great, Stanko, and this is Let's cook a Z making class about food and cooking. I'm an illustrator and archivist based in Los Angeles, California I've worked at the variety of clients on projects, including editorial illustration, give animation, lettering, comics and are before becoming an illustrator. I was illustration editor at the mid century Modern Focus Design. Blonde Grain For six years, I put my eyes visual researched road about, corresponded and met with illustrators from around the globe. I also ran a pop up restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, for a few years. So in steamed buns, it was hard, sweaty work but also very satisfying. My passion for food is definitely seen through my illustrations. A favorite projects. I close where I can incorporate food into them because I love to eat. I'm interested in where food and art intersect. It might be in the frying pan for this class. It will be on paper. In this class, you will learn how to make a booklet style zem with slab stage. I'll discuss inspiration, had a generate ideas, and then I will show you a physical demo. Amazing making process from start to finish. Let's get cooking 2. The Project - Make a Zine About Food: In this class, you will create an eight page scene about any topic related to food, cooking and eating. A completed seen will have a following a cover eight pages, recipes, illustrations and, most importantly, slab stitch by. 3. What's Your Recipe? - Inspiration & Ideas: food is strongly connected to memory. Thinking about food makes me remember meals with my family, friends and strangers. Its ability to bring people together inspires me to create food related art. Cookbooks, magazines, blog's and zines document these experiences on paper and online here, some of my favorites. Now that we've looked at sources of inspiration, we'll talk about generating ideas. What do you want to focus? Use e non. Do you have some recipes you'd like to share? Maybe you'd want to document your love of eggs with egg related pictures and drawings. Perhaps you want to make a diary of everything you ate on a recent trip. Maybe you have a crazy menu collection that needs sharing these air starting points to make your zine. What about food inspires you? Take this inspiration, generate your own ideas and let's get cooking 4. Prep Your Station - Materials & Workspace: to make a scene will need the following printed copies of the guide that I have attached to the class, printed on 8.5 by 11 paper drawing tools such as pens, markers, grounds, etcetera, anything that you need to create images organizing your workspace. You can work on a desk, on the floor, on the bed or wherever you have space and feel comfortable. The most important thing is making sure your workspaces meet n tidy, so you have enough space to create. 5. Let's Cook - Drawing & Layout: I'm focusing my zine on places I like to eat in my neighborhood. To start, I'm making a list of all of the drawings I need to fill on each page. Now take the guides that you've printed out and start drawing beach Drawing on. These guides will serve as a master for copying later on. Be sure to avoid the middle area as this area will not be seen in your zine. This is where the bindings about my drawing process. I usually like to create my images using a brush pen, brush inning watercolor, and I also use a computer to employ half tones. When I start drawing, I usually just start somewhere on the page and go from there. Everything is pretty spontaneous, and I usually decide where I want to place my text as I go along. As you make your zine, think about where you want to place your text where you want to place your images. You don't want it to feel too cluttered, but you don't want to give it too much. Spacey There it's all about balance. Once you find that balance, you can strike a nice harmony and then we want to the next page. If you're stuck, don't worry. I get stuck all the time and I just go. The key is to keep drawing more images you create. The more opportunities do you have to select images for your final zine? 6. Time to Plate - Printing: never finish your drawings. And now you have a set of masters. In my case, I have six masters because I've finished poor pages and a cover and end pages to print. I'm using my brother printer. He's a good brother. So I'm taking my first master and I'm laying in the copier bed face down now impressing the start button. And from there I should get the first copy of my master side one you is. Now I am placing it back into the paper feeder. I'm not really sure what you call it, but now I'm taking my second master and placing that in the copier bed, repeating the process. This will print the image on the opposite side of the paper Walla. Here it is. So this was side A and this is side B. Now I'm going to repeat the process again, and I'm going to keep doing this process until all of my pages or copy years of their age impressing start on It comes there is and placing it into the printer again, image facing up and now placing final page of my zine facing down on the crop in your bed. There is so that's side, a side being. And this is the end paper and cover that I'm also going to call me. So I've chosen card stock for the cover in placing that piece of parts second, the printer in the same way I did before the other pages. And now I'm going to use the cover that I created and copy that in choosing paper. We want to make sure that the cover is something a little bit sturdy, better than secret, normal printer people, so creating and paper patterns are optional. I just just do it because I thought it would be fun. And my end paper features utensils and hungry princes. So here we go printing, and there it is. So here's my cover. It's called Atwater Village Eats and there is the end paper pattern. And now I have all of the pages I need to make my zine 7. Time to Plate - Binding: you'll need the following materials in order to find your zine one printed copy of the guide that I provided, which includes where to Mark your holes, all of your master pages that you've just finished printing and all, or a nail and hammer to make the holes in your paper a needle. Blacks thread. I'll be using dental flaws and also a bone folder. Grab your guide and your printed pages. Place your guide over your printed pages folded in half like so and now grab a bone folder and fold your paper. And next, using a sharp tool such as an all broke the holes in your paper using the guide so therefore evenly spaced holes. Proof guide from your pages. You should have four holes now in your paper. Next, you want to take your thread and place it in the eye of the needle. How much thread should you use? Well, you should try and use at least three times the length of using. It's always better to have more thread than less, especially with this finding technique. So I've threaded my needle. Now start on the second hole in the bottom like so, place your needle into the hole and pull the needle through like so, and you want to be sure to leave at least five inches on the bottom. So that's it's a little bit over five inches, but here we go. So next you want Teoh, go over the edge and go under and let's pull the thread up. Threat is waxed, and I'm gonna use it. Well, I should be using it. Next. You want to go to the third hole and place your needle over the top, pull the thread and now you're gonna go over, like so again onto third hole. Pull the thread where we are now from the bottom. You're gonna place a needle into the fourth hole on and you're gonna go over the edge one more time. So go over the edge with the needle and you're going to place the needle into the fourth hole again. Be sure that your string doesn't get stuck on the edges. It's kind of tricky, but you'll get the hang of it once you've done enough. So it's now over the fourth hole and now you want Teoh be sure to find and so you're going to go all the way over the end of your faith. End of your book with Now, Hold the string. So you see that it's now over the edge. Next, you want to go back to the third hole and place the thread through the top. Be sure to fix any snags. That way you can have a clean. So the bottom half is done. Now we're going to move on to the next part, go through the second hole. This time in the bottom. Bottom area is almost done. Now you want to go to the first hole, pull your thread all the way through, and now go over edge, pull this string all the way through, and now grab the string. See that it's under 1st 2nd but over the edge. Read. So now the top edge is sure to fix any snags that you have. This was a big one. Okay, Next, you're gonna go back to the second hole, so this will come feed your binding. So once you pull with red through, you'll have a piece of string on either. And so this up a little bit. Okay. So now you have two pieces of string of the and I'm going to pull it a little bit. So it's now I'm going to cut it with my scissors. I will tie and not on this. It's, like, so, so tired. Not tie a double knot, actually, to make it more secure, and then I'll cut off the loose ends. Okay, so now you have a finished scene with slab stitch finding. So let's take a look. Looks pretty good. The scene is making me hungry. Yeah, they have it. You have finally completed using on drugs. 8. Ready to Serve - Final Thoughts: congratulations on finishing using may have seemed intimidating at first, but you completed everything in just a few steps way looked at inspiration and generated ideas, gathered materials and organized our workspace. We also put images to paper by drawing. Then we laid out our images, printed them and bound them. And now it's time to share your work. Please upload one of the deliverer Bles s stated in the class outlines. I'd love to see what you've cooked up, and I'm sure your classmates with two. Thank you for taking this class with me today. I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.