Saturday, April 9, 2016

Meditation Zine

DC: 193: Prayer/Meditation

This week's drawing challenge pushed me to design my first real 'zine.' The theme Prayer is interpreted by my self as 'Meditation.' Thank you so much TammieLee for hosting this event and choosing such a lovely theme for us to consider.

Firstly, this is a prototype, a design idea, a learning curve, an experiment. It is a zine about meditation and the graphics are collaged tea bag paper (used) with watercolour birds and stitched (oh it is awful but oh well) outlines for veins, etc. With all of its warts and (hateful due to machine issues, etc.) stitched boo-boos.

Here's some stems with tired worn out brown leaves from a lotus plant.

This is the entire 8.5"X11" sheet filled with old lotus plants.

We find a colourful bird has found its' way into the lotus grove.

Birds have been painted, and machine stitching added to denote veins, etc.

Words have been added.

And the pages folded and cut. It's ready to be born into a zine proper:

Front Cover.

Page 2 and 3.

Page 4 and 5

Page 6 and 7

Back Cover.

So I learned a great deal. The beige on beige is boring so I have in mind some very colouful bugs to time. And I want to do hand lettering for the type. And use brown thread in the sewing machine. And to play with the machine to get control over what I want to happen on the page...

And so dear readers, thanks for dropping by. Click on Tammie's blog to see what others have added to this great drawing challenge this week. Bye for now, hope to see you again soon, Love Norma, x

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to a friend who sent me a surprise gift in the mail. Her art inspired me no end and launched me into a whole new world of tea bag collage. Thank you so much Kim Henkel.


  1. This is so beautiful. I love the beige on beige and typed letters.

  2. A wonderful combination of techniques! - eric

  3. I love your creation Norma! I think the beige on beige is beautiful, as are your light handed, expressive and colourful birds. I also love the words, the stitching and the overall design. I think the stitching on the front cover especially delicious. I am thrilled to know I provided some inspiration for this creation. xo Kim

  4. Norma, this is absolutely wonderful! I, too, like the beige on beige, and the birds are like beautiful calligraphy. You should feel proud of your first zine!

  5. Wow! Exquisitely beautiful!!So fascinating what you have shared in each step.. your creative process is also a very meditative-soulful process.. weaving this whole tapestry of art together! Elegant and truly beautiful!Shine on !! Thanks for such inspiring work, I have missed visiting your beautiful world!
    Wishing you a magical Spring!

    Ps: thanks for your lovely visit and beautiful words, they mean alot !

  6. this is wonderful
    i love how you created it and the outcome
    each page is a joy to see.
    thank you for joining us!

  7. i do think beige on beige works, but then i am a ton-sur-ton kind of girl most of the times. great zine, norma! such inspiration, you've done proud the one page booklet!! n♥

  8. love this..i've just smiled the whole way through viewing the images of your artwork. its really delightful. the birds are so sweet. i love the beige on beige too..think it adds a slow gentle quality. the way you play with the different elements is inspiring.


Your comments make my day! Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma


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