My Mental Health Zines

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Almost every evening I sit down and do something creative. As my days are made of looking after a toddler and running errands and cleaning the house and cooking, my evenings are incredibly important for me to unwind, enjoy doing the things I love, and maybe binge on Netflix.

Currently my creative hobbies include; embroidery, acrylic painting, watercolour painting, zine-making, collage, drawing, writing.

Sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed in what I want to do – I have a lot of supplies and I can choose between all of these wonderful activities, but I often become indecisive about which hobby is worth doing, what I feel like doing, how I should be spending this precious time.

The main reason I make myself do something creative each evening is to do something for me. I have a productivity complex (as most of us do), in which I think I’m not doing enough and what I am doing isn’t worth doing because it’s not making me any income.

So, to somewhat* kill off this productivity complex, I make things. I paint landscapes, practice drawing faces, make collages, create zines, write poetry or blog posts.

*= ‘somewhat’ because I’m still being productive but I’m not making any money from it. Or at least, I rarely do.

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I CAN’T DO ANYTHING zine

Art for mental health

I once took part in some art therapy, in which I got to go to town in a room FULL of art supplies, uninterrupted, for a whole hour.

It was nice and I liked what I made. My counsellor and I discussed what I made, trying to find some kind of subconscious meaning to what I had put together.

I’m sure you could look through my art and decipher hidden (or not so hidden) meanings. But really I’d just like for people to see something that they can relate to, something that makes them feel a certain way.

And yeah, making art can help me feel better. It can take my mind off whatever horribleness my mind was focusing on. It’s a way to express how I am feeling and get the thoughts out of my head, even if the art I make is shit.

Art that you can purchase (!)

My what-could-be-argued-as unhealthy British politeness is screaming right now, telling me not to promote my own art things to you in a blog post, because by Jove how fucking brazen of me. Nevertheless, here I am, showing you my art things on my Etsy shop.

What I include exclusively on my Etsy shop is zines. I have more to upload but I barely have any sales to give my confidence a boost, so I don’t upload much. I would like to sell original pieces (maybe? I dunno?) one day, but we’ll see.

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VIRAGO zine

It would mean THE WORLD TO ME if you supported my art, by either buying a little something (they range from £2.50 to £3.50) or you could even help fund my art supplies box through PayPal.

If that’s not an option for you or you just don’t want to part with your cash, then how about just sending some love via Instagram or Twitter? On Instagram you’ll see more of my art stuff anyway so would be super nice of you to check that out too.

Thanks for sticking with me through this ‘pluggy’ blog post.

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