JaguarSnail – welcome!

This post is to welcome the zines of Britta Jarvis of JaguarSnail into the TangleCrafts fold. ūüôā ¬†Britta is a local artist & crafter who I met through a mutual friend, a couple of years ago. ¬†We have since spent many a happy hour on the production line together and have discovered lots of common interests – the most obvious being zines, mail art, and a weakness for terrible puns… ¬†We are currently scheming to bring you various collabrative projects (largely involving me harnessing Britta’s amazing – and speedy! – stamp-carving skills!). ¬†In the meantime, 3 of Britta’s mini zines are now available in the¬†TangleStore:

I Love Mail - JaguarSnailI Love Mail!¬†– quite a maxi mini zine at 20 pages long, but standard mini zine dimensions. ¬†It includes 8 things Britta loves about mail, an envelope tutorial, a postal poem, an interview with a Royal Mail postman, and more. ¬†Illustrated throughout with Britta’s own sketches & doodles, this one is a limited edition in the current format so don’t miss out!

Make a Zine - JaguarSnailHow to Make a Zine – an introduction for beginners. ¬†If you’re tempted to write your own zine but don’t know where to start, this mini zine could be just what you’re looking for! ¬†Lots of tips, guidance and inspiration, but the best bit about this mini zine is that it’s double-sided – open it out, and there’s a unique zine theme-picker on the reverse. ¬†Twice the fun of an ‘ordinary’ mini zine squished into the same amount of space – genius!

Experimental Poetry - JaguarSnailA Collection of Experimental Poetry¬†– This one does exactly what it says on the tin, and is a perfect example of Britta’s quirky nature. ¬†These fun little poems are accompanied by original illustrations to make a unique addition to your zine collection.

Paper trials

Once upon a time, the Enchanted Times was but a small part of my creative output, which as a categorical Jill-of-all-trades flitted about from one craft to the next as the whim took me. ¬†Well, to be fair, I do still flit about a bit, but also I appear to have settled so that one thing – the fairy tale theme – has become what I could call a specialism (at least when measured against the bits & bobs of…everything else). ¬†So with that in mind, I decided that I really ought to make sure I was using the materials which best complimented these creations rather than just using what I had because it was there.

I actually really like the thick newsprint-type paper that I currently use for Enchanted Times Mini, but my home printer is less keen, and insists I hand-feed every sheet (otherwise it instantly jams), which can – obviously – be quite time-consuming. ¬†So over Christmas I trialled several different recycled papers to find one that I liked aesthetically in terms of a ‘newspaper’ but also which my printer did not object to so vociferously. ¬†The results:

  • The first was just the right shade of off-white/grey, printed crisply without jamming, but was not thick enough (wrinkled with block-colour areas). ¬†This one is perfect for general office printing, though, and will definitely be made use of.
  • paper comparisonThe next was another pleasing shade of off-white with random speckling for a nice recycled appearance. ¬†It was also a good weight & before it went into the printer I had high hopes for it. ¬†Sadly – as you can see from centre sample (right) – it bled horribly, to the point where the text was almost illegible. ¬†Even in plain black on white areas, the text instantly appeared faded. ¬†Well, I can use it for testing layouts etc. ¬†Or maybe we’ll just keep it as spare drawing paper for our god-daughter to use…
  • I also trialled a lovely creamy coloured hemp paper, which was also nicely speckled and a good weight. ¬†This one printed beautifully in all respects – no problem with printer jamming & nice sharp text/images. ¬†This one lost out only due to the overall colour which was simply not ‘newsy’ enough. ¬†It will definitely be used for other future projects, though.
  • The winner you will see in action very soon. ¬†It had very similar results to the hemp paper, but with a more newspapery, off-white colour & all-over speckling it better suited the task to hand. ¬†And the printer likes it, too – yay!

In the meantime, you can pick up half-price copies of Enchanted Times Mini in the E.T.Printworks & Folksy stores while the old paper-stock is used up – the perfect opportunity to get Behind the Times!