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Write Create Make: Making

What does a Zine look like? What's it about?

Making books and zines, you will exercise your creativity in writing and design. You will also work with tools and materials -- digital and physical --in order to realize the intent of your creation. You may want to collaborate, learn from one another, and share your strengths. It is our hope that the books and resources on this guide will inspire you to experiment with zine-making and to explore related disciplines such as the art of folding and binding. You may want to learn or relearn hand-lettering, calligraphy, or drawing. You want to study page design and typography. You may want to learn thoroughly about paper and ink: their color, texture, and the effect they create in your art. You may want to become ecologically-responsible and wanting to experiment with paper- making and ink-making using plant materials and recycling garden and kitchen materials.

See more at the Zines LibGuide and at How to Make a Zine to the Future! 

Have fun- You are the maker/creator! 

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Making Books & Zines





Making Paper

  • The Papermaker's Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper , by Helen Hiebert , 2000
  • Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper Making, by Nancy Broadbent Casserley , 2013 Amazon

Eco-Making: Ink :: Dye :: Color

  • The organic artist, by Nick Nedo , 2015 Amazon
  • Make ink, by Jason Logan , 2018 Amazon
  • Botanical inks, Babs Behan (Author), Kim Lightbody (Photographer)  Amazon
  • The handbook of natural plant dyes, by Sasha Duerr, Timber Press Inc., 2010 

Book Arts Resources


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  • Contemporary Calligraphy, by Denish Lach , 2014  Amazon

Related Arts

Tools | Materials | Suppliers

The Library will provide some tools in the Makerspace. Yet we recommend that you purchase the essential tools. They are largely inexpensive and it's nice to have your own so you can make/experiment anytime. You can consider purchasing optional tools if you find them useful. 

  • Self-healing cutting matt (various sizes; consider the size of paper you want to cut on)
  • Utility knife / Olfa / Xacto knife (the first two will last longer; the last is helpful when cutting very fine paper)
  • Scissors (large, and small for finer details)
  • Bone folder (to score, flatten creases, smooth surfaces)
  • Awl (to make marks and holes; notice they range the sizes and sharpness)
  • Pencils (H or softer) and erasers (friendly to paper surfaces)
  • Book-binding needle (if your zines will be made in pamphlet or other style that requires binding
  • Linen thread (strong, will last a long time; notice the size variety)
  • PVA (if you'd like to glue images, etc. to your zines, using archival quality glue)
  • Triangle (a variety of sizes)
  • Paper clips / Bulldog clips (to hold things together)
  • Japanese hole punch (to drill through layers of paper easily, even through binder's board)


  • Paper
    Printing paper will be fine for practice or even "official zines." Yet there are also a variety of papers out there that you want to check out for the text and cover of your zines. Notice paper has grain direction. As a general rule, align your the spine of the book/zine parallel to the direction of the grain. Paper also has weight: light, text-weight, cover-weight, cardstock, board, and paper on a roll.
  • Adhesives
    --Paste. You can prepare your own paste from rice starch, wheat starch, flour. You can recipes via Google.
    --PVA Adhesive: proven quality for archival purposes.
    --Mixture: Mix methyl cellulose with PVA (following package directions) so it is less thick and dries less fast than PVA.
    --Double-sided tape:" 3M #415 as archival quality (you can glue on a cover or images for your zine, etc.)

         (Source: The above information is synthesized from, The Art of the Fold (2017), by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol


Suppliers outside of California