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.



Posted in Drawings

Yes. I can!

'Yes.  I can!' Created: 3/8/2013 Artist: Selina Shapland
‘Yes. I can!’
Created: 3/8/2013
Artist: Selina Shapland

Yesterday, I had an overwhelming urge to sit for hours and play in my visual dairy.  I started with the outline of a circle and absolutely no idea what I was going to create.  All I knew what that I HAD to put pen to paper.

Many hours later this image appeared with the words ‘yes i can’ weaved into the image.  I rarely use text in my images but these words kept floating around inside my head as I was contemplating life and where I want to go.  I’ve felt a little frustrated lately and stuck… But yesterday, I felt like I can make changes, I can do it – whatever ‘it’ really is – and I can make the life I want happen for me.

This image is very symbolic of the hidden depths I have inside me and how I have, at times, hidden my own beauty from the world.  Yet, now I feel that I am ready to begin to grow.  Ready to share some of who I am and be okay with letting life in.

Yes.  Yes, I can.

How cool would it be to feel safe enough to say ‘yes’ to all the good things and feel worthy of accepting them…