This sacred craft was originally called into existence for the Body Now Summer Retreat with Turning the Wheel in 2018. The theme that year was the "Path of the Heart," and I was thrilled to be invited, along with my dear friend and mentor Dodi Jackson, to weave my explorations in Zines with mixed media and sacred art into this theme.
This course walks you through the steps of this delicious art process, to craft a zine that holds a message from your Heart. 💜
Since the inception of this project I have returned to it again and again, when I have needed to rest into creativity, remember my gratitude, or connect with my inner wisdom. I am thrilled to be sharing this process with you so that is available to you whenever you need it.
Creating Playfully - The Making of a HeArt Zine
Zines have been inspiring me for the past few years. A zine is a self-created or self-published booklet. The topics vary wildly but often focus on topics outside of the mainstream. Zines are a great tool for bringing your unique worldview, opinion, or thoughts into the public awareness.
So what would a zine look like if created intentionally to share a message from the Heart?
What wisdom could be uncovered? What Magick could this conjure?
HeArt is a mix of Heart messages and Art Magick!
This course walks through the steps for unlocking the messages of the heart and shares different techniques for getting creativity flowing. It is perfect for complete beginners to sacred art, as well as those who have lots of experience playing with mixed media materials.
The first step is to begin a conversation with the heart. Then to create an art landscape with paints, papers, fabrics, or in the case of this craft, whichever materials you can find at home. The Heart message comes through the creation of a found poem. Ritual is woven through each step of the process.
In the course I will walk you through how to craft the pages of your zine, fold it into a beautiful booklet, and then discover the magic of found poetry! I will share my techniques for allowing my creative unconscious thoughts to bubble to the surface, finding a creative flow that is restful and fun.
Table of Contents
The hope for these courses is that you can begin creating without the need to order supplies or go to the store. With the global pandemic in 2020 it felt important to make the materials accessible. If you don't have a specific material I encourage you to think outside the box and see what else might be available to you.
- A large piece of paper, ideally 11 x 17, but any rectangular paper that isn't too think will work. In a perfect world you want something a little thicker than computer paper to hold up to the materials, but thinner than watercolor paper, which can become difficult to fold. When we originally offered this course we supplied charcoal papers.
- Gluestick or Modpodge. If you don't have glue, tape would also work and give your zine a fun scrapbook vibe.
- Paper and Fabric scraps. This will become the background for the words of your zine. The bulk of the Art part of HeArt Zine. If you have a stash of art papers like me you are good to go, but if you are starting fresh you can dig through piles of mail, magazines, birthday cards, or cut up some old clothes to generate a pile of materials.
- Found words and poetry. This course includes printable wordpools with a collection of heart quotes and poems. But words are bountiful. You could work from a book of poetry, collect words from old cards, or scry through a pile of magazines.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!
What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Give me a couple days to respond.