Monday, 12 July 2010

Fantazya Diary 2011

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to enter a submission for the Fantazya diary 2011. This again is something that Leanne Woods kindly told me about when she was giving me advice on the various websites and arty/crafty things that I should learn about as a new art blogger.

Basically Lucy Baribeau came up with this idea in 2008 whilst thinking that she would like this kind of diary for herself. It is open to anyone who promotes their art on the web whether they are an artist, crafter, photographer, musician, poet or in any other way creative. Each person can select a page or two from the diary and submit their own design. This must also include the date in three languages (English, French and Spanish) as well as a description of the type of work they create and their website details. It is a brilliant way to see your work published and to help raise your profile. It is a huge bonus that it is free to enter.

When I found out about this project I contacted Lucy to see if there was any availability left and optimistically opted to take two date pages as I imagined I would have a few weeks to complete and submit them. So you can imagine the sinking feeling I got when I discovered the closing dated was 12 July (I only applied on 10 July!) Anyway, not to be beaten I decided to use a piece I already had (a pointy portrait of a chocolate labrador) for one page and then it was a bit of a busy day yesterday trying to complete a second piece in time for submission! Luckily I managed to start and finish the second piece (a pointy portrait of Audrey Hepburn) in time and got them off yesterday evening. I have also put my name down for the 2012 diary so that I will be better prepared for that one!

Anyway, I think this is a great idea as a way of promoting artists and artisans and I am very much looking forward to the diary being published (various friends and family members may find copies in their Christmas stockings this year!)

After finishing the portrait of Audrey Hepburn yesterday evening I was planning to start a new design today - I need to create a banner for my blog and have an idea in mind of how I would like it to look. Today being 12 July and a public holiday in Northern Ireland I had every intention of getting started but the weatherman got it beautifully wrong with the forecast today and instead of the heavy rain showers we were expecting it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day. Now, as anyone from Ireland (North or South) will tell you, sunny days are few and far between on this Emerald Isle and so what was I meant to do other than to take full advantage of it!

The pups needed to be walked and we discovered a great big park (the entrance to which I drive past every day without ever having known it existed) so we had a good run around with them there and on returning to the house I have to admit that the lure of the sunshine, a deckchair and a good book in the back garden won out over sitting inside and working on my banner.

I am off work until Friday though so I will get back on track tomorrow and hopefully will have said banner in place on my blog before Friday (as long as the weatherman is wrong again tomorrow that is!)


  1. I love the pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing the diary in print now too:)

  2. Thanks Leanne and thanks again for letting me know about the project!

  3. Have you heard anything about the 2012 Diary? I participated last year too, and thought they came out beautifully! I wanted to participate again but haven't heard from Lucy since I received my 2011 Diary. Do you know anything? Perhaps she has changed her email? or her website? any info you can give would be great. you can email me at [email protected]


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