The DIY Eye-atus

Hello, just a note to let you know that The DIY Eye is currently on hiatus for the time being.

I’m currently in the midst of other things and not able to update and continue with this site in its current form. Therefore please note that I won’t be reviewing zines etc.

The Etsy Shop will be continuing to ship items as normal.


Mini kuš Comics


I was delighted to receive review copies of the newest editions of  ‘Mini kuš‘ by kuš comics‘ in Latvia.


They are four little illustrated comics (numbers 38-41) by four different international artists/authors. These are: #38 Three Sisters by Ingrīda Pičukāne, #39 Unwell by Tara Booth, #40 1944 by Hanneriina Moisseinen, #41 EYEZ by Aisha Franz.


As with the other mini kuš comics I’ve seen, they are incredibly diverse, from the sublime to the downright bizarre! For instance 1944 (above) is sad and poignant tale about WWII depicted appropriately in sombre pencil drawings.


Whereas ‘Unwell (above) is a chaotic day in the life of a dysfunctional lady and her dog, drawn in brightly coloured and haphazard illustration style that completely suits the story.

‘Eyes’ is a very strange, wordless tale of futuristic voyeurism and identity, and ‘Three Sisters’ is a story (French but with minimal dialogue) about three sisters making an unusual discovery on a walk in nature.

Many thanks to kuš! who have again collated the best in original international comic art! Buy these and previous mini kuš comics at

New Comics from Kristyna Baczynski


A few weeks ago I couldn’t resist ordering two new comics by Kristyna BaczynskiOne Monday and Winter Wild, and they came with some lovely extra goodies!

One Monday is Kristyna’s compilation of her Hourly Comics Day 2016 drawings, and it’s just as brilliantly lovely as last year’s One Sunday! Beautifully drawn in ink with watercolour washes, it’s a cute 15cm x 15cm, black and white comic, with a cover printed on pale purple card.

The other comic/zine I purchased was Winter Wild a gorgeous little zine with a two colour Riso printed cover, the inside pages are printed in blue ink on a lovely pastel green paper.

The zine is a brilliant mix of information about 10 different Winter plants including facts and mythology, as well as detailed and humorous illustrations. I loved it, perfect for a comics and plants fan!

See more awesomeness for sale from Kristyna in her Etsy shop:

Magic by Rachel Ang


One of my current favourite independent illustrators/zine makers Rachel Ang, very kindly sent me the recent edition of her Draw by Four zine.


This time the subject matter and title are Magic, and the zine is described as ‘short stories about magic, both malevolent and magnanimous’.


There are 5 different stories on the theme, all told in Rachel’s distinct, powerfully evocative and ethereal style. I love her sparse use of text and how her illustrations alone conjure up engaging, unusual and unnerving tales. I won’t spoil the content of the stories themselves, but her stories are original, engaging and and at times beautiful unsettling!

The zine is for sale through her online shop at

Lori D’s Lord I: The Records Keeper

The super talent that is Lori Damiano has just made her hand drawn animation film Lord I: The Records Keeper available online for all to see. She worked on creating the film for 11 years and has been touring it in the US. Now we can all see it, and it’s wonderful.

“Lord I : The Records Keeper is a story of a distracted yet devoted archivist learning to shake off the mental barnacles of the past and evade egocentric projections of the future in order to locate and witness the present moment. Inspired by Vipassana meditation and the Kamana Wilderness Awareness Program.”

See more of Lori’s fantastic work at

DIY Dinners: Buddha Bowl


‘Buddha Bowls’ are some of the easiest and tastiest meals to make. The can be roasted or raw and can be made with any combo of veggies, salads, nuts and grains. There’s a plethora of other recipes on the internet, but this is one features some of my personal favourite mix of roasted vegetables and is also grain-free.

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Brash Skate and Create

The brilliant creative, community non-profit Brash Skate and Create is trying to raise funds.

Brash, set up by illustrator and skateboard coach, and all round good egg Harriet Alana, it teaches skateboarding and creative pursuits (such as zine making) to young people and adults.

Brash needs just £43 to hit their Kickstarter target and raise enough to get some new skateboard teaching set ups. Help out a great, grass roots project HERE!


Rachel Ang: The River


Rachel Ang kindly sent me a copy of her excellent, new one shot zine, The River.


The River is an A6 Risograph zine printed on  lovely thick paper. It’s about an unusual encounter with a river, told wordlessly over 6 pages. Because it’s a fold out, one shot, there’s some wonderful, bonus illustrations to uncover at the centre.


I’m a big fan or Rachel’s work and her storytelling style. Check out her zine shop at for more of her fantastic work.

Meat Free Monday: Spiced Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Soup


This is one of my favourite go-to soups that’s great for a hearty, warming lunch or dinner. If you make more than you need, then you can freeze some for an even quicker meal another day. There’s no potato in this soup, so it suits a number of different potato/starch avoidance diets (such as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet).

The main basic ingredients are cauliflower, butternut squash, carrots, onion and red lentils and it’s flavoured with cumin and coriander. It’s naturally sweet and flavourful, but you can also add a hot chilli kick too, if that’s what floats your boat.

It’s basically just a case of cooking it all down and blitzing it up with a hand blender. It can be made nice and thick and is filling enough for a main meal.

There’s also a variation on this same soup, but made with sweet potato instead of cauliflower, plus a red pepper. You could always use pumpkin instead of butternut squash, for an extra seasonal twist.

I forgot to take a nice photo of it in a bowl with a bread roll on the side etc, (too busy eating it) so a close up of the final blended soup is all I have:

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