Posted in Art Philosophy, Creative Writing

Creative Writing, Reviews and How-To Articles


Mixed Media Scrapbooking Canvas
Scrapbooking Canvas, Mixed Media Artist: Selina Shapland Created: June 2014

This image above is from a how-to article that I wrote from Craft Found, one of the Hub Garden sites.  It specifically focuses on scrapbooking techniques that can be incorporated into mixed media art on canvas.  Here is the link to the article if you want to see how I did it.

2014 has been a year of exploring different types of creativity for me.  This year, I have dedicated myself to my creative writing muse and she has been leading me down a new and creatively exciting path.

My writing has been a top priority for me and I have been spending time writing reflective articles, reviews and how-to articles on various Hub Garden sites, as well as reviews of businesses and services on Weekend Notes.

I have wanted to write a novel for a very long time and it wasn’t until May this year that I decided that I would put all other things aside and dedicate myself to making this dream come true.  So I have been writing my first draft on Wattpad, which you are welcome to read, comment on and follow if you are interested.  This is my first novel and book one in the Nephelem Journeys trilogy that has been living in my head for over 16 years.

Nephelem Journeys book one weaves together the fates of Mr Talbourt, Mother Dragon and Igrain Turner as they are pulled into a war between light and dark over the very essence of the Divine’s most beloved Children, humanity.  War is coming – who will win?

To be totally honest, I am having an absolute wonderful time writing the 1st draft and I have spent a great deal of my free time lost in this world that I am weaving on the page for you to read.  I have discovered that writing a novel is a big project and one that you have to love with all your heart and soul or you will give up.  I have learned that having faith in yourself and your story is way more important than listening to the negative inner voice that says you can’t do it or to those who would try to dash your hopes of becoming a published author.  In the end, their thoughts do not matter.  To write a novel, or to complete any creative/artistic project, you have to follow your heart and your inner muse to see it through and go with it through the darkest of times until you see the light of your creative expression manifest in the world.

I admit that I have spent more time writing this year than creating art, but in a way, writing is art so it feels just as expressive to me.

I have found that writing has a way of painting pictures in the minds of my audience and allows the reader to experience my world and imagination through their own senses, and that is pretty exciting to me.

This blog is about to change in a slight way.  I will be sharing more of my writing and my experiences with publishing and creating stories here as well as my art.  I have been making jewellery each month and this has been selling through Little Bear Brown Store, Redcliffe QLD, Australia.  I love seeing my artwork and my wearable art out there and I am grateful that people love what I make and decide to buy it for themselves.

That’s it from me for a little while.  I will write again soon.  Thank you for reading my blog update and please comment.  I would like to hear from you and continue to get to know you.


Posted in Drawing, Mixed Media, Scrapbooking

Visual Diary Art Play

It has been a while since I posted anything arty.  The reason is that I have been very fatigued in recent weeks.

However, last weekend, I got creative and played around in my visual diary for hours and hours.  This is an activity that I find refreshing and emotionally very good for me.  I encourage everyone to take a little leap into a creative world, whatever your chosen medium, because it is so so so good for you on more levels than can be counted.

Playing with a Steampunk theme in a scrapbooking style. Artist: Selina Shapland Created: 15/6/2014

I’ve been very drawn to the clockwork theme of Steampunk lately and enjoyed using spray ink, stamps, stencils and found printed images into one art piece.  I used a gel medium to seal the work and a lot of glue too.  It was heaps of fun.

On Saturday, I spent many hours playing with ink and black pen, stamps and stencils to begin creating what you can see below.

Butterfly Bliss Artist: Selina Shapland Created: 15/6/2014
Butterfly Bliss
Artist: Selina Shapland
Created: 15/6/2014

This drawing took approximately two days to draw up and colour in.  I thoroughly enjoyed creating ‘Butterfly Bliss’ and I am looking forward to where my new found love of mixed media will take my artistic expression.

Have a great day.