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‘Zine’ in a Weekend

As part of a collaboration with Wimbledon Bookfest we worked with artist Ania Bas to create and publish a Zine in a weekend.

Taking literary inspiration we decided to publish a zine for budding authors on what makes a good children’s book from the point of view of the children.

We would have 2 afternoons to produce and edit the material.


We began by warming up our bodies and minds and getting to know each other.

We did some drawing activities around the idea of portrait and character.dsc_0008 Imagining charactersdsc_0015 Drawing each other while linked togetherdsc_0016 dsc_0020 dsc_0022 dsc_0025 Drawing each other from memorydsc_0028 dsc_0033 dsc_0035 dsc_0036 dsc_0039 dsc_0042 dsc_0043 We made some pretty good portraits to begin with.dsc_0047 dsc_0048 dsc_0049 dsc_0050 dsc_0051 dsc_0052 dsc_0053 dsc_0054 dsc_0055 dsc_0058 dsc_0059 dsc_0060 dsc_0061

We started to think about what makes a GREAT character and brainstormed some of our favourites.



We then moved on to looking at some of Ania’s publications, printed on a Riso printer. This is an economical and environmentally friendly way to print which uses recycled paper – and the type of print we would go for!dsc_0072 dsc_0073 dsc_0076 dsc_0081

We had decided to print in 2 colour – so all our drawings would have to be in a limited palette of 2 colours!dsc_0084

We started by drawing our favourite character in an exciting action – to let our audience know what we find interesting.dsc_0087 dsc_0092 dsc_0093 dsc_0096 dsc_0098 dsc_0099 dsc_0104 dsc_0105 dsc_0110 dsc_0111 dsc_0112 dsc_0113 dsc_0114 dsc_0115 dsc_0116 dsc_0117 dsc_0118 dsc_0119 dsc_0120

Next we learnt some new collage techniques to give our characters new properties.dsc_0121

We made an outline of a character and filled it with collage material that said something about our character.dsc_0126 dsc_0130 dsc_0131 dsc_0132 dsc_0133 dsc_0137 dsc_0142 dsc_0143 dsc_0146 dsc_0147 dsc_0152 dsc_0155 dsc_0158 dsc_0159 dsc_0160 dsc_0162 dsc_0164 dsc_0165

We then went on to do some thinking and brainstorming on what makes a good character. We came up with a list of titles to go in the zine.dsc_0175

We painted them in bold, 2 colour posters that could be shrunk on the computer and inserted into the finished publication.dsc_0177 dsc_0179 dsc_0180 dsc_0183 dsc_0184 dsc_0185 dsc_0188 dsc_0189 dsc_0190

We then made more paintings of the characters alter ego or arch enemy!dsc_0191 dsc_0195 dsc_0196 dsc_0199 dsc_0200 dsc_0203 dsc_0207 dsc_0208



Our group of senior editors – those on the 2 day course – decided the title for the magazine.
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We had some great material at the end of the first day.

Page one will be all about characters, during day 2 we will explore what makes a good plot.


Senior editors will work to select and edit material for the final zine that will then go to the designers, publishers and finally to you – hopefully in about a month.

We hope they enjoy the process!

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