Thursday, January 21, 2016

Website | shaylynnann.com

I'm happy to announce that my website is up and running!

Well, actually, it's been up and running for an entire semester as a landing page for all my various sites and profiles, but now it's a proper little artist's website with galleries and whatnot. And it coordinates with my business cards.

(The mobile version should be functioning, too).

It was made with the free version of Weebly, and I'm surprised at how quickly I was able to get the site up and running. Some day I will be able to properly design and code a hardcore, custom website just the way I want it, but I'm a long ways away from that right now!

So, without further ado, and with a great dramatic flourish and bow, I present to you:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rosie's Fashion Blog Post {Guest Blogger}


Hello! I'm Rosie.

You may have seen me on this blog before (Shaylynn is my big sister), but this is the first time I've made a blog post myself. 

Today I would like to share an outfit that I designed. 


My fashion style is girly and athletic. I love to wear comfy dresses that look nice and make me feel special but that I can run around in and play. 

For this outfit, I am wearing my favorite dress. It is a knit blue dress that is as comfy as sweatpants. I am wearing a scarf, my boots, and my older sister Shaylynn did my hair. She twisted my hair back into a braided bun.

The scarf is my favorite part because I MADE IT!


It is a silk scarf that started white.


 

We painted on it starting with a resist that keeps part of the scarf white.

Then we started coloring in the roses Shaylynn helped with. I drew all of the leaves. We got some blue to make the background. It has a frame of orange-ish yellow that has red swirls around it. 





When we were done painting the scarf, we put it in the dryer for five minutes and ironed it totally flat so that the colors would stay. Then we dunked it in water to get out the resist and let it air dry.



You can see the roses and leaves and just a little bit of the swirls on the edge.

In this picture I am wearing Shaylynn's rosary bracelet that is a full small rosary that folds into a bracelet.





There are so many ways you can wear a scarf and it's fun to find them out.


I am learning how to edit pictures in Photoshop.

In this picture I tied my scarf so it makes me think of Paris.



It is fun to swirl around in this outfit!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fairytale Photoshoot



I think, that deep down, everyone has a little bit of Peter Pan inside. We never really want to grow up properly, and we all want a chance to play at being princesses and princes and warriors and fairies and adventurers, now and again.

I'm always reminded of this when I pull out costumes and jewelry for friends, with the useful excuse of a camera in my hands!

This summer two friends and I seized the chance to transition from prosaic college students to spritely faeries and noble royalty for one glorious afternoon. I'd like to share a sampling of the day's gems!

(All of the jewelry is available for sale on my Etsy shop, and if it's sold I can usually make more!)



Of course, we started with an adventure.

"It's a dangerous thing, going out your door--" especially when fences are involved.

Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the fact that these photos of the fall exist make us very happy.

All a summer dress needs is a cloak and some jewelry and it's fit for a princess!

C. is wearing my Aurora Rhinestone Circlet made with champagne colored silk--
inspired by Princess Aurora in the show Once Upon a Time.

The splendour falls on castle walls
And snowy summits old in story:
The long light shakes across the lakes,
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.


O hark, O hear! how thin and clear,
And thinner, clearer, farther going!
O sweet and far from cliff and scar
The horns of Elfland faintly blowing!
Blow, let us hear the purple glens replying:
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.


O love, they die in yon rich sky,
They faint on hill or field or river:
Our echoes roll from soul to soul,
And grow for ever and for ever.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.

(from The Princess by Alfred Lord Tennyson)

The circlet is made out of braided wire, and the Enchanted Evenstar necklace was originally designed for a custom bridesmaid set.



I was glad to get a close-up shot of this necklace. It's another Enchanted Evenstar design, and still carries a summery beach feel, even when we are in the middle of the woods. (Then again, another friend described it as a necklace for an Ice Queen, so to each his own).
This rhinestone and white satin headband was on my workbench as an unfinished Aurora Circlet, but the three of us decided that it works very well as a simpler headband.

"This picture is basically a movie poster."
"YES I've always wanted to be in a movie!"

Portrait of a Queen. (I think that some of these pictures need short stories to go along with them!).

Once upon a time...
"She's like Little Red Riding Hood, without the Red."

"Now, an Elf."


I told them to act like a dragon was flying towards them. Their response was not quite what I expected.

The woods here are, to quote Frost, lovely, dark, and deep. But they are so dark and so deep that we were happy enough to stay on the paths at the skirts of the little forest.

One of my favorites-- L. makes a wonderful princess.

The circlet is braided gold wire, the necklace has several flowers and bright green leaves, and you can even see the clasp I forged myself for the cloak. (Haha, you can also see how off the seams on the cloak are, but let's not talk about that, eh?)

A beaded bracelet, and one of the silver rhinestone rings.

This is an armcuff in forest greens!

No play-acting involved: this one IS a spritely fairy, with or without her costume.


Braided cuff and Star Flower ring. :)


After an hour of exploring the woods and depleting the small box of jewelry I brought along, we did a brief "normal people clothing" shoot:




This ring is one of the most difficult pieces I've made. It began as nothing but strands of sterling silver and a stone. Several hours of soldering and polishing later, and it's almost exactly what I wanted! The stone has a tiny bit of wiggle, so it's definitely a technique I need practice on. But this is a piece of actual fine jewelry. ^_^



The park has these fabulous giant stone frogs. We had a Thumbelina moment.




There is nothing quite like summer days and dressing up! Thanks so much to my lovely model friends!!!

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