I have become excited again about art-y magazines . . .
In my opinion, there has been a long dark night of the soul when it comes to finding art-y magazines that are DIFFERENT and inspiring. With just a couple of publishers in the field, all has become one thing and it isn’t everybody’s thing.
But recently, I have been very excited to find publications coming out of Europe that are completely fresh and different, creative, and BEAUTIFULLY designed and illustrated. They have awakened my love of well-designed and executed communication in the arts.
I love the Breathe magazine so much that I actually caress the paper and take all kinds of visual notes in my journals, as I read the contents. Sounds a little weird but I know that you know what I mean about savoring something so well done. Barnes and Noble carries both Breathe and Flow, which is another favorite.
You can also order Breathe here:
Both of these magazines are about a broader subject than creative projects alone – they are about creative living in a mindful way. I love them and I love the trend in publishing.
15 years ago, I put myself on the web map by publishing a digital magazine. In those days, there was no way to do that except by creating a series of web pages and it was a big job.
I gave the magazine away free because it was my marketing tool and I had art products to sell – Sheer Heaven and rubber stamps, workshops, etc. 6000 people subscribed to the free magazine.
Then there was a newsletter format publication called Whatever . . .Whenever which eventually became my blog..
A few years later. I published another magazine series called “Amusings” which reached out a little further into the creative life along with creative projects. There were 14 of those issues and the series was not free, but lots of folks bought and enjoyed it.
Then, I did only 3 issues of a lovely magazine called “Captured” which was all beautiful photography and quotes and poems, and was intended to bring a serene respite into your busy lives. That was free and a lot of work, and so I could not continue to invest the time. Everyone LOVED that one.
Many of you will remember all of that.
Now, that Sheer Heaven and the rubber stamps are gone, I am re-inventing my online brand. I still have the workbooks and workshops as products, but I am feeling the desire to create something that encompasses my favorite things : illustration, instruction, photography, writing, and mindful, healthful, creative living.
The obvious answer is an amazing digital magazine.
This would be a compendium of little art lessons, fun mindful exercises, beautiful photography with stories, quotes, and poetry where appropriate, “gift” pages of designs, small projects, prompts for this and that, etc. Permission would be given to print out some of the pages to pin to your wall for inspiration. There would be a lot of illustration and idea starters as well. I would give out iPad tips as often as I could, and explore the possibilities of our new technology in our creative endeavors. There would be book and product reviews as well. Since art journaling, drawing and watercolor are my passions, there would be a strong connection to that kind of art activity. I also want to explore interactivity in publication design. That’s a big topic better seen than explained but basically, you choose what and how much you want to see.
In my mind, Captured Moments (the title) would be a beautiful thing. Issues would be published whenever they get completed. No stress, no disappointment.
Digital issues would be $10. This cannot be free. We all know how busy I am, and although I would LOVE creating this, it can’t be just a “labor of love” this time.
So, I am writing this post to ask for your feedback, which is going to have more weight than any feedback I have asked for in the past.
Would you buy this magazine? Please leave a comment or email me with your thoughts.
Your response is not a commitment – except to an idea.
I would love to do this and build a creative community around it, but I gotta feel the love.
Just A Note . . .
I am amused by how the sequence of my titles speaks to my own life journey.
By the time I got to “Amusings” I was starting to settle down a little, and “Captured” was quite relaxed. “Captured Moments” really echoes my acceptance and attempted practice of mindfulness in my own life.
But look back to the first magazine – “Now What?”. There’s a real monkey mind at work. Always on to the next new idea! Not so serene at all. And Whatever . . .Whenever” reflected spinning around in the eddy of it all.
Aaaah . . . isn’t insight wonderful?