Closing Fairies and Fantasy – End of an Era

Along with this website, I’ve been running the online store Fairies and Fantasy for many years now. It was always a fairly ambitious project with lots of products from lots of artists. The site itself was a very complicated custom set up that worked in tandem with an offline database to manage all those products and orders.

But the site has gotten old. And the database has too. And my life has changed, a lot. Running that store stopped being a priority for me, and it also took time away from the work I wanted to be doing. I’ve been working slowly on closing the site down for a while, selling off products slowly, but not really taking the plunge, because Fairies and Fantasy has been part of my life for so long, it’s hard to say goodbye.

Then recently, the website went down. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. The site is a dinosaur in web-technology terms. We managed to get it back online, but it continues to have some issues which are difficult to repair without a complete overhaul. And now the offline database is playing up as well, only just hobbling along.

So it’s time. It’s time to say goodbye to Fairies and Fantasy…

What exactly are the plans for Fairies and Fantasy?

A new store is being built to replace the Fairies and Fantasy store and range. With the new store, all product manufacturing and order shipping will be outsourced to a different company. Using a fulfillment company will mean more product options (T-shirts! Duvet covers! Pillows!) and cheaper shipping for those outside of Australia, as orders will be made and shipped from the US and Europe.

For me, it means less time printing, packing, and shipping orders. Hint: that means more time for me to create new things. Have you realised how little I’ve painted over the last few years? It’s time that changed, right?

What won’t be available anymore?

Silk bags are already sold out, along with other products I’ve been clearing out recently (jewelry, messenger bags, etc).
Greeting cards and bookmarks will be discontinued.
All products from artists other than myself will be ended.
Wholesale ordering won’t be available for the new store. I may offer a wholesale discount to select, long-term wholesale customers for my range on this site, or for book orders, however wholesale is not an area I plan to continue in. Primarily, I’m an artist, not a manufacturer, and I need to start treating my time that way.

What will remain available?

Notebooks with my designs will be moved to the store on this website.
Doll patterns will be available from my Etsy store for a bit longer, but at some point will all be moved to Spoonflower.
Tubes and digital products will be moved to my Etsy Digitals store.
My store right here on this site will remain as is, with a small selection of prints, original art, and colouring books, sent directly from me in Australia, however I may change to only shipping orders occasionally, like once a month.

What new stuff will there be?

The new store will have-

  • An almost complete range of Selina’s artworks available as art prints, as well as some as stretched canvas and framed prints.
  • Pillows, Beachtowels, mugs, pouches, duvet covers, notebooks, tote bags, blankets.
  • T-shirts, leggings, dresses, hoodies

FUN STUFF RIGHT??

When is this happening?

It’s a big build, and I’ll be working on it along with a few helpers. The plan is hopefully to have it live by the beginning of November.

As soon as the new store is live, the old Fairies and Fantasy store will be closing down for good. It’s sad to see it go as it’s been a big part of my life for so long, but times must change.

If you’re keen to grab some art prints from the other artists, or some cheap bookmarks and greeting cards, head over to Fairies and Fantasy before it’s gone for good. 

 

New Colouring Books Round Up

Has it really been more than half a year and I haven’t done a post about my new colouring books? Certainly seems that way. Sometimes with trying to keep up with all the things I so, something slips by. So let’s do a catch up of the new colouring books I’ve released so far in 2017!

Fairy Magic

My most recent release! Fairy Magic – Whimsical Fantasy Coloring Book is, obviously, full of fairies!

Cute fairies, fairy portraits, fairy doorways, and there are a couple of sneaky dragons too.

 

Ponds and Flowers

This was a bit of a different release for me. Not part of my usual fantasy theme of work, this book was created with my parents in mind.

They are avid watergardeners, and the designs in this book are based on photos from their gardens and plants.

I grew up surrounded by ponds and flowers, so they are very special to me too, so this is my little homage to these beautiful plants.

 

Memory’s Wake

These books came as a double release! The line art and grayscale versions being launched at the same time.

These books are, of course, based on the illustrations from my fantasy novels trilogy, Memory’s Wake. With lots of Victorian style and romantic scenes, some of my most details work is in these books.

Line Art Edition

Grayscale Edition

What’s Next?

I’ve already started work on the next Faedorables style book, which will be “Cute and Creepy” themed. After that I’m considering an inspiring words style book and a fantasy alphabet book, plus maybe some more grayscale editions.

Tears and Moonlight – New Art from Selina

After playing with different mediums for a while, I decided to go back to an old favourite for this painting- watercolour.

And old favourite subjects as well, a fairy and a dragon.

As with my Moonboat artwork, I wanted to incorporate some words into this image. The subtle text around the moon says “A spell of tears and moonlight to heal the ruins of our world.”

For me, this is an artwork about loss, and also about hope. But for me, it’s not about what I think of the artwork. What story does this artwork tell you?

The original painting of Tears and Moonlight is available now, or you can also get it as a beautiful, deckled edge, Limited Edition print (only 10!).

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The Empath Chronicles will continue!

This year, I am returning to writing.

And the first place I’m starting, is writing more stories in the Empath Chronicles!

So far, I’m planning two more main novella-to-novel length books in the series that will continue Livvy’s story, and also 2-3 more short stories that will explore side characters the way Emotionally Scarred explored Emma’s past. It’s fun when you get so excited by side characters that whole stories spring to mind for them. Sway is a character that’s a bit like that. You’ll be getting to meet her in the next main book Emotionally Unstable, and also her own short story Emotionally Disturbed.

Emotionally Unstable and Emotionally Powerful are the *current* titles for the two main stories that are coming next. Each of them will probably be twice the length of Emotionally Charged the way they are panning out so far. I’ve already begun writing Emotionally Unstable and you can see my current progress on the chart below.

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You might have also noticed that the Empath Chronicles books have brand new cover art! I figured it was about time I did properly illustrated covers for these, and I can’t wait to create designs for the next books.

Emotionally Scarred

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Emotionally Scarred
Emotionally Charged

Emotionally Unstable

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Emotionally Unstable

Part of finishing up the series also means getting to work on side productions, like audiobooks. Emotionally Charged has just been finished! Em Eldridge, who narrated the Memory’s Wake trilogy for me, is back again for this series. It has a different accent and tone, being a different genre and character. I love the voice she’s given Livvy and this story, have a listen below.

Out now on Amazon and Audible.

Are you excited to find out what happens next to Livvy and Dean after the events of Emotionally Charged? Do you like the new cover art? Are you an audio book fan?

2016 review and onward into 2017

It’s that time of year. 2016 was a blur of, well let’s be honest, many terrible things. But amidst all that it’s easy to forget all we’ve achieved, so let’s have a look back at what I got done in 2016. Spoiler alert- it was a metric butt-tonne.

2016

My artwork was licensed onto 15 new figurines and hundreds of phone and device cases.

I traded at Supanova, St Ives Medieval Fair, Winter Fest, Glebe St Fair, and Central Coast Christmas Markets. Book Expo was cancelled in a very disappointing manner and won’t be one of my attended shows again.

I painted Eye of the Storm, Moon Boat, 78 Tarot Astral High Priestess (yet to be released), 78 Tarot Carnival- Strength and some mini paintings- Locked, Dipped in Stars and Rainbows, Silver Butterflies, and Together through the Storm.

I published and released two huge deluxe style 2017 calendars.

The French edition of Memory’s Wake book one was released, and books 2 and 3 of the series were released on Audio finishing the trilogy there.

Emotionally Charged was optioned for TV, and a script for the pilot episode was written by the studio I’m working with, and is being presented to TV networks.

I published 10 colouring books- Gothic, Goddess and Myth, Gothic Minis, Mermaid Minis, Festive Magic, Faedorables, Mythic Mermaids, Grayscale Mermaids, Grayscale Enchanted, and Night Magic. I sold over 50,000 colouring books (including Christmas of 2015), and have signed with a couple of publishers for a European release and Hong Kong release.

I released the new Easy Display Art Prints option, and am discontinuing many of my other product types from my Fairies and Fantasy business as I move away from doing manufacturing myself. I will continue making prints and books, but may stop selling all other products- planning there continues to evolve.

2017

I am cutting down on trading at in-person events, but I will attend Books by the Bridge, Mind Body Spirit, and Supanova.

I am, somewhat sadly, saying goodbye to my DIY Dolls range. They were super fun to create, and I might still occasionally do some designs for fun, but I want to dedicate my time more to artworks and fiction from now on.

Colouring Books will still be a thing. I have two more grayscale books planned, and two more outline books planned. I might also do another Faedorables book as well, but colouring book releases won’t be as frequent as in 2016.

I aim to write two more stories in the Empath Chronicles series to wrap that storyline up. They are all planned and ready to go, and I even started writing them at the Story Queens writing retreat.

In fiction writing I have plans for 5 other standalone novels I’d LOVE to write, plus a new series, but I’m not sure on the ifs and whens for these yet.

I have a couple ideas for non-fiction books I’d like to do as well, an art/creative business how-to style book mainly. It’s been on my list for a long time, and as with most things, just waiting for me to find time or make it a priority.

I’ve been working on finding ways to bring my art and my writing together more. With this in mind, there may be children’s books or other picture book style projects in the future.

I want to paint more. I feel as though, with the little mini experiments with new mediums I’ve been doing, that I’m starting to get a better feel for the mediums I like (oils, watercolours, graphite, and markers are interesting me most currently) and don’t like (canvas. Yep, finally worked out I really don’t like painting on canvas.) I feel as though I’m on the cusp of defining a method and style I can really own, that I really click with, but know it will take a lot more trial and error to really get there. I plan to make more time for this in 2017.

What would you like to see me do more of in 2017?

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Colouring Book FAQ

2016 shall forever forth be known as the year of colouring books. It’s been a wild ride, and over the year there have been many questions popping up again and again. I’m going to try and A some of these FAQs here.

How many colouring books do you have? Which ones are most popular?

It’s been an incredible year which I still struggle in some ways to comprehend, with my colouring books going into the hands of over 50,000 people! Yes, all those zeroes! My brain doesn’t even work in numbers that big!

I have 16 titles available now. Ten traditional outline/line art books, three greyscale books, and three mini sized compilations.

Mermaids is the overall most popular over the whole year, followed by Enchanted, but on any given month often the newest released title is the bestseller. Mermaids, Enchanted, and Gothic all spent a decent amount of time with an Amazon bestseller flag though, which was cool to see!

Why print two of each image in each book?

The answer here it two-fold. As I say in the books themselves- “When designing my books I decided to print them with two copies of each design, because I know as an artist there are always so many possibilities! I wanted to give everybody the chance of a do-over with every design. Try a different medium, or a different colour scheme. Or a chance to share the magic with a friend, child, parent, sibling. Because sharing your creativity and joy of color is the best magic of all.” As an artist, I also know the stress and pressure of “getting it right”! I see having two copies as a way to reduce this pressure.

Secondly, I chose to do 25 artworks in each book because it worked well for the themes I was planning, and the time I had to create them. Adding more designs would of course mean each book took longer to create. Some books I wouldn’t even have had more than 25 suitable artworks to fit the theme. So I settled on 25 designs. However, then I realised that the printing company I used were charging exactly the same price whether I printed a 25 page book, or a 50 page book. So I decided to try and add extra value for those buying by including two sets of the 25 designs.

Are there any options for better Paper quality?

Currently, all of my books are created using Print on Demand companies. These companies do ALL the work for me- they manage sales on Amazon and other stores, print the books, and ship the books. This is a fantastic service, because if I had to ship 50,000 books by myself, well, there’s no way I could have done that. That would be insane.

But their service comes at a cost- they only offer one type of paper for their books. Standard novel paper. I’ve tried the books out myself and feel that the paper is okay. It’s not artist quality paper by a long shot, but not bad for what people used to expect for colouring books. But expectations for colouring books are now much higher. I’ve been looking and looking for ways to improve, but haven’t found the right solution yet.

Why haven’t I published with a traditional publisher instead? I’ve had offers, believe me. More than a few traditional publishers have contacted me for the rights to my books, but the offers have never made sense either financially, or in terms of getting my books out when and how I wanted them.

But next year there will be more options! Nemesis Now will be producing a “deluxe” edition of some of my colouring designs, and I will also be printing the copies I sell direct through my website here on better paper as well- watch for an announcement on when they are in!

Why are the Faedorables so different, and will you do more?

Faedorables, in a way, was inspired by my daughter. Whenever I printed out proofs of my colouring designs, she’d end up with a wad of pages to colour, but she wasn’t really interested in most of them. They were a bit too grown up, or a bit too intimidating due to the detail.

But she knew what I was doing, and that I was drawing these things, so she started requesting I draw some just for her to colour. And when I had time I obliged, sketching out these little cuties as quick as I could. And she loved them, and I did more, until I had a reasonable collection.

I shared one on facebook to see if anyone else would be interested in them and the response was huge. So I went through and tidied up all my quick sketches and drew some more to get a full set of 25.

And they were SO much fun to create. I’d love to do more and already have lots of ideas for other Faedorable themes. So keep an eye out for another book next year!

How do you decide themes and what to include in each book?

Listing artworks and planning themes.

At first it was fairly simple. I had hundreds of artworks I’d created over the years so I would browse through them and pick 25 images in a theme together that would make a good colouring designs. As I’ve done more and more books though, I’m starting to run out of designs, and needing to be more creative about how the artworks fit into themes. Even books like Goddess and Mythology, I had over 25 goddess and mythology themed works, but I didn’t feel many of them in their original forms were overtly “goddessy” enough. There’s often a lot of editing, additions, and changes that happen between the artwork stage and the final outline design.

Can you do a colouring book of… (Insert Theme Here)?

I love getting suggestions for new books, and I wish I could do them all! Each colouring book I create takes 2-3 months of SOLID work to complete. I’m talking 8 hours plus of outlining every work day, and sometimes in the night on family days, to meet the deadlines I set myself. I give priority to themes that I already have content available to base designs on- e.g. my finished artworks. If you’re asking me for a theme that is something I don’t have a lot of completed work for already that I can base designs on, then it will be a much longer wait, because of that priority, and also because creating the designs from scratch takes much longer than outlining my finished art- even when I add or change them. But do keep suggesting, I’m listening, and might get there some day!

What colouring books are coming next?

You can always check my Upcoming Works page to see what is on my to-do list for new releases. I try to keep it updated (although looking now I can already see a book or two missing from my plans!)

Does Selina colour her own work?

See above about creating the colouring designs based on my finished paintings. Generally I paint first, create the outline afterwards. For all the designs in my books which don’t have a finished artwork done first, many of them I’ve pulled from my sketches and unfinished artworks folders- so they may one day have a finished work based on them! But I really am more of a painter than colourer, and generally work in a more painterly (read: messy!) style than work with clean outlines. So if you’re looking for advice about what coloured pencils or markers are best to colour with, better to ask fellow colourists, like those in the Selina Fenech Coloring Love Facebook group 🙂

Got any more questions? Feel free to ask away in the comments!

Faedorables – Super cute new coloring book!

I hope you’re ready to have your heart melted, because I’ve switched things up a bit with my newest coloring book. Rather than my normal more realistic style, I’ve had so much fun creating these super cute Faedorable designs!

I started doing these designs for my daughter, when she requested something to color from me. Every other day was “Selina (yes, she calls me Selina!), can you draw me an alicorn with a fairy?” or “Can you draw me a mermaid and a turtle?”. After a while I had built up quick a collection and decided to turn them into a coloring book. And it turned out just SUPER CUTE.

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It’s available on Amazon now, on sale at 7.75 – http://amzn.to/2gfL1Qd (Affiliate links)

These designs are simple and sweet, perfect for children or grown ups who need some smiles 🙂

It’s hard to choose, but I think my favorite is the baby dragon puffing a smokey heart at a fairy. It just makes me go SQUEEEEE! Which is your favourite Faedorable?

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Festive Magic – Fantasy Christmas Coloring Book

When it hits November, time seems to speed up in a rush towards the end of the year. And the end of the year to many people means Christmas. I’ve prepared early this year with the release of this Christmas themed colouring book!

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When I was creating and curating the images for this coloring book, I wanted to make a collection that had a Christmassy feel, but could also be used at other times as well. There are some very Christmassy designs which feature holly and baubles and presents and candy canes, but there are also many others which are simple beautiful, festive feeling fairies and angels. They could easily be coloured to make them very Christmassy (I keep using this word. It is a real word, right?) or they could be coloured in any way you like at any time of the year.

Eight of the designs in this book were outlined for me by a talented young artist, Jenna. She did a great job, and it was nice to take some strain off my own wrist in creating these outlined versions of my art. I’m hoping to have Jenna do some more outlining for me in the future to free me up to do some new creations. Jenna worked on the Choirs Angels and Nouveau Angels series. What do you think of her work? If you’d like to see her own creations, check out her Instagram.

These sweet designs range from fairly simple to more detailed, and could be enjoyed by all ages.

It’s available in my store direct from me now (signed!) or from Amazon and other online retailers.

Try a page from this book for free!

Click the image to download the larger version.

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Souvenirs volés – The Memory’s Wake French (français) Translation

I feel as though I should be writing this blog post in French, because it’s all about the French translated edition of Memory’s Wake. But I would be relying entirely all too much on Google Translate for that. What I can do, though, is paste in what my French publisher, Editions Du Chat Noir, have on their page about this edition.

Perdue dans un monde aux fééries monstrueuses, une ado troublée doit découvrir qui elle est et pourquoi ses souvenirs ont été volés, avant d’être rattrapée par ceux qui veulent sa mort.

Elle se choisit le nom de « Memory » et n’a plus qu’un seul but : retrouver le chemin de sa maison où qu’elle puisse être. Mais ces contrées sont étranges, aucune technologie à l’horizon et l’acier est banni, en raison d’un pacte entre les humains et les créatures magiques qui cohabitent dans ce royaume aux codes du passé. Avec son t-shirt et son jean déchiré, Memory sait qu’elle est différente.

Hantée par son passé, chassée par un dragon, désirée par le roi et suivie par un mystérieux et beau sauvage qui semble la connaitre, tout le monde est après elle ; et elle suspecte que ce n’est pas juste pour sa tenue décalée. Sa mémoire perdue renferme de dangereux secrets qui remettront en cause tout ce qu’elle connait et menaceront tous ceux qu’elle aime.

Découvrez la trilogie événement venue d’Australie, écrite et illustrée par Selina Fenech.

I’m so excited to have my novel translated into another language so that it can be read by more people around the world!

It can be ordered directly from the publisher- Order Now

Their paperback version is gorgeous, with special spot gloss patterns on the cover.

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New Halloween and Gothic Coloring Books

Halloween is coming, and (thanks to my daughter’s birthdate of the 31st October) it’s now one of my favourite holidays! I love Halloween and all the spooky fun it entails!

Last month I released a new gothic and Halloween themed colouring book titled Night Magic, and this week I have released a new mini pocket sized edition colouring book, which includes all the designs from Gothic and Night Magic together in one totally cute mini edition!

To celebrate Halloween, I’m putting both these and the Gothic colouring book on sale.