“And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around – in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing.” – Author Unknown
The fey are on the move again but if you watch closely you may catch a glimpse. Capture them in your art and share them with the world! The Fairy Garden Chunky Book is your place to share your love of faeries!
Fairies, the Fairy Queen, imps, sprites…all manner of fey and fey lore is welcome. Leaves and trees, forest floor or nest. Flower fairies, water fairies, fairies riding insects or mythical creatures. Winged or not, playful or ‘pressed’. As long as there is at least one fairy on your page, have fun and be creative!
“No child but must remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, Essays in The Art of Writing
Registration deadline: Monday night, June 20th at midnight. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who is an artist that might be interested in participating. THE MORE THE MERRIER! This is NOT a list only project.
Note: I will not know how many pages everyone needs to do until all the registrations are in; however many people sign up is how many pages we all have to do. I will email all participants the day after registration ends (June 21st) and let you know how many pages, till then you can work on your page designs/layouts.
Postmark deadline: July 4th FIRM
You MUST mail your pages to me by this date. If you register by the deadline this will give you TWO WEEKS to complete your pages. The more timely I get everyone’s pages the sooner I can mail back returns. :)
Returns: Books will be mailed back within one week of receiving all of the pages. All participants will receive a special thank you “gift” and an actual little participation certificate with their books!
Group size: 50 maximum. Register soon as I already have people interested in this one and it looks like it will fill up fast!
Paper size: All pages must measure 4 1/4 (4.25) inches SQUARE. Please leave a HALF INCH MARGIN on the TOP of the page for binding. This size makes it easy if you are using standard 8.5″x11″ paper as you can simply make the page 8.5″ inches square then cut it into quarters. :) Less paper waste and less trimming!
Paper weight: Preferably between 65# and 110# card stock. These are easy to find at any office supply or art store.
Composition: Pages can have pockets, either on one side or on both sides. The pockets can be folded, sewn on or whatever works as long as it is STURDY. You can make your pockets out of paper, fabric or whatever comes to mind, just try not to make them so thick the book won’t close.
Embellishments: You can attached embellishments to the left, right and bottom of your pages BUT NOT THE TOP. Please do not put embellishments on the top of your pages as that is where the binding will go. Please MAKE SURE that any embellishments you add to the sides stop ONE INCH below the top of your page so it doesn’t interfere with the binding.
You can decorate your pages on both sides though it is not mandatory. If you only decorate one side, PLEASE put your contact information (name, signature, email, website, any or all of the above) on the back and do not leave it completely bare as it will stick out like a sore thumb. Paint it or glue paper on it but no blank page backs.
Play, play, play! Try out your new techniques and experiment with your supplies! Use yarn, buttons, waxed thread, artistamps, make pockets out of paper or fabric, put ATCs or artistamps or other goodies in the pockets, photos, rubber stamps, popup mechanisms, stickers, embossing powders, collage, beads, sequins, anything as long as it is GLUED DOWN. If you use glitter, PLEASE please please :::begging::: make sure it is completely glued down. Glitter glues and glitter inks :::hint hint::: work well for effect without the mess. FAIRY DUST SHOULD BE IN MINI ZIPLOCS OR IN MINI GLASS VAILS/BOTTLES BUT NOT LOOSE. There are also stamp pads now that use glitter inks. :)
Please, as a courtesy, keep this PG; some of us have children and would like to be able keep our books out in plain view or share it with our families. Vintage/nudes tastefully done are welcome but please keep it ARTful.
SHIPPING & BINDING COSTS
The shipping and binding cost for this project is $10.00; the books will be assembled, bound and then embellished plus a little gift.
All books will be mailed back via USPS Priority Mail; 2-3 day delivery within the US. If you live outside the US you are welcome to participate but I will have to research postal rates and times of delivery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here, drop me an email at renmeleon [at] earthlink.net or simply reply to the email invitation if you have received it.
Mail all pages to:
Ana Maria Seaton
PO Box 830635
Ocala, Florida 34483-0635
Hope to see you all participate! Looking forward to doing another book project. You can view pages and books from other projects I have hosted on my Flickr album.
[This is also posted on the Renmeleon forums as well as here: http://www.renmeleon.com/CB_fairygarden.html ]