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Artisan of the Month! I’ve featured this artisan before, but Cyndy Salisbury has been creating even more amazing masks since then! I love the dreamlike quality and texture of her masks with so many fragile seeming details.

See full images over at my Artisan Tumblr.

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EDIT: The recording of my February Artisan Q&A session is now up on YouTube! In which I answer questions about where to buy leather crafting tools, finding historically accurate resources, etc.

Join me for my February Artisan Q&A session! See how my month's been going and ask me anything.

Can't make it? Leave your questions in comments and I'll answer them at the event, which will be recorded and automatically uploaded afterwards to my YouTube channel, where you can watch the broadcast later:
www.youtube.com/user/angelicar…

Questions are fielded via the Q&A text chat feature within Hangouts, so do not worry about 'calling in' if you are shy.

WHEN? The last thursday of each month, Feb 26th, 8pm EST
WHERE? Online via this Google Hangout link.
Hey, all! Just a quick notice to say Happy New Years!  I've been ringing in the new year updating my website.  My site is much easier to navigate and it now has a brand new shop!

There are even some FREE cosplay patterns up for you all to play with.  Have fun!

I'm also opening up a very limited amount of 10 commission slots.  Only 7 are available as of this writing, so get your commission requests in NOW before I shut down again! 

You can e-mail me your requests.
Here's a little reminder of all the different types of things I can make:


  Leather Moth Brooches: Cecropia, Promethea, Luna by Angelic-Artisan  Leather Butterfly Wing Earrings 4-17-2012 by Angelic-Artisan Phantom Style Hollow Mask by Angelic-Artisan 

Royal Dire Wolf Mask by Angelic-Artisan

Ezio Carnevale Mask by Angelic-Artisan  The Sun Prince Mask by Angelic-Artisan Relius Clover Mask by Angelic-Artisan

Wishing you all a crafty 2015!  I can't wait to get started on some new projects.:D

December 2014 Artisan QnA

Fri Dec 26, 2014, 1:46 PM



It's Christmaaas!  I hope you all have a wonderful day today with lots of presents and food.  I only have one question to answer for this month's Q&A, but it's a doozy!

Q. hiddencait asks: Is there a series that you really want to try doing fanmasks for, but haven't attempted yet?

A.
Oh boy, this is a fun question!  As usual, I have my creative life cycle planned out until my golden years.  I'm going to answer this question with visuals!

The first big fandom I'd love to create masks for would be the Kushiel's Legacy series of books by Jacqueline Carey.  For those who don't know it, it features such inspiring themes as angels, masquerades, and tattooed courtesans, each who belong to a specialized house symbolized by a flower.  I can best describe it as Game of Thrones from the courtesan-spy's perspective.

Kushiel's Dart by AngelaSasser
I've already done illustrations for this series, like this take on the first book's cover. 


I've already done a couple of prototype headpieces with matching necklaces for the Camellia and Cereus Houses, but I'd love to take this imagery even further and make a set of masks with matching necklaces for each of the twelve houses of the Court of Night-Blooming flowers!

Queen Mab's Delight (Featuring Girltripped) by Angelic-Artisan
The prototype of Cereus House's set.
Photography by girltripped

Imagine if I ever learned how to make tooled corsets and other accessories, I could add that to the ensembles for a complete head to toe costume transformation!



To give you an idea, the thirteen houses are as follows:
  1. Alyssum
  2. Balm
  3. Bryony
  4. Camellia
  5. Cereus
  6. Dahlia
  7. Eglantine
  8. Gentian
  9. Heliotrope
  10. Jasmine
  11. Mandrake
  12. Orchis
  13. Valerian

Queen Mab Circlet and Necklace by Angelic-Artisan
A closer look at the Cereus set.
Featuring silver chain and garnet Swarovski accents!

Ohhhh and not to mention that there are masquerade scenes in the books where each House dons a unique costume representing a seasonal theme.  That could be a whole other series!

I'm going to stop writing now before my muse explodes.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the possibilities of my fandom love!  Have a merry Christmas holiday, all!



:heart::love::love::heart: Current Craft Love :heart::love::love::heart:
Green Elven Knight Helmet Compiled by Azmal Elven Bracer by Fantasy-Craft Blue Spirit Mask by fevereon Silk Scarf Feathers - hand painted by MinkuLul Turquoise Amethyst Siamese Cat Mask 1 by merimask



One of the greatest things about being a mask-maker is being able to work with a lot of talented photographers.  Something about a mask just comes to life when it is worn!

I'm excited to introduce my new Print Shop where a few of my gracious photography collaborators have allowed me to sell their photos of my masks and other creations!  

Many types of prints are available, from gallery wrapped canvases to giclee!  Go see the wondrous variety here.


These are just a few of the lovely photos available for sale in my print shop.  More will come as I expand my collaborative efforts!

Do you or someone you know enjoy creating photography of masks?  I loan out my items for FREE in exchange for being allowed to use the photos for my business!  

Read on at my Seeking Mask Photographers page for more details.

Till next time. Have a great holiday season, everyone!
Angela S.



:heart::love::love::heart: Current Craft Love :heart::love::love::heart:
Green Elven Knight Helmet Compiled by Azmal Elven Bracer by Fantasy-Craft Blue Spirit Mask by fevereon Silk Scarf Feathers - hand painted by MinkuLul Turquoise Amethyst Siamese Cat Mask 1 by merimask
Originally posted at ShadowCraft: The Artisan Blog of Angela R. Sasser

Etsy recently announced their own gadget for taking credit cards, but with a new twist from other card readers.  It's meant to sync with your Etsy shop and provide a branded smooth experience for your in-person sales.  I got mine in the mail yesterday (it's free if you request one) and put it through a quick test run.


Packaging


First off, their packaging was excellent, as I would expect from the premiere handmade marketplace.  I got a few ideas just from their clever and simple presentation.

Here's the envelope it came in.  I love the idea of a branded envelope sticker.


The reader itself came in a sturdy reusable custom cut box made of what looks like composite wood.  Again, I love the brand consistency of the reader and insert cards with the orange and white.


Extra bonus!  The box itself has a slot on the underside where you can place the card to make a stand up sign.  One side of the card shows that you take credit cards while the other side is a "I'll be right back." sign with a spot for you to write in shop's address.



The Nuts and Bolts


I ran two test transactions, one of an item which was already up in my online shop and another which was a new 'quick sale' item not already present in my online shop.

You will need to let the app access your location and your microphone.  Your location is recorded and inserted into the receipt e-mailed to the customer later on, should they elect to receive one.  The hub of the app looks like this on an iphone.


You can control your inventory from within the app, which connects to your online Etsy shop (ie. renewing listings, creating new listings, putting your shop on vacation, checking orders, etc.).  The app is available for both Android and iOS markets, but not for the iPad, oddly enough

Be aware that a minimum $1 transaction is required for a customer to use a credit card.  You can also set your sales tax rate in the Settings so that this is automatically calculated when making your sales.  The funds from your credit card are added to your Shop Payments account (the same place as your Direct Checkout funds), so you will need to wait the usual time for the money to be deposited after your sales.  This usually isn't more than a couple of days, in my experience.

When selling an item in-person that is also in your shop:
  •  You choose the item in your online shop to sell in-person via a list.
  •  The shipping fee is automatically waived when an item is sold in-person.
  • The item is also removed from your online shop when it is sold, which will help save headaches on syncing inventory automatically instead of manually (ie. if you've ever had an item sell while you're out at an event and had to deal with the headache of explaining that it sold when you get back home).
  • There is no Etsy transaction fee like there are for online sales, only the credit card processing fee, which is comparable to other readers (2.75%).
When selling an item in-person via a quick sale where you type in a brief description and cost:
  • It is still counted towards your sold items stats, but only you as a seller can see those transactions in the Orders section of your shop.
  • There is no transaction fee or listing fee, only the credit card processing fee.

Promotional Automation


Now here's the really powerful feature of this reader.  After you make your sale and get to the point at which you can offer your customer an e-mail receipt, there is a checkbox which is automatically selected (you have to manually deselect it). The checkbox says this:


After you make the sale and the customer elects to be e-mailed their receipt and is opted in to Etsy's updates about your shop, the customer will get an e-mail like this:


Location map blurred for privacy.

I've asked my test customer to let me know what kinds of e-mail he receives in the future so I can see just how often these e-mails are sent out and what kind of info they include.  I will edit this post with an update once I know more about these communications.

Why is this powerful, you ask?  The items suggested at the bottom of the e-mail offer the customer a tantalizing glimpse at your other items, some of which they might be interested in that you might not have had on display where they were shopping in-person.  Because these images actually link to the items, they encourage further purchases without the seller having to lift a finger.

This e-mail communication is a powerful addition to simply handing out a business card, since business cards are easily lost and most shoppers require repetition of information before they truly retain that information.  So far, this is the only e-mail my test customer has received, which gives me hope that these won't turn into spammy communications.

Also, Etsy's current online market doesn't have a function that lets you automatically add your past customers to a mailing list, which is a feature I've always wanted.  I currently have to first ask for the customer's permission to add them to my mailing list, then add them in mailchimp manually, which takes up valuable time I could be working instead.  My newsletter only goes out once every 3 months, so I am curious to see how often this Etsy-managed newsletter will be sent out and how they might mesh with the information I already send out in my newsletter.


Bottom Line


The Etsy card reader doesn't do anything vastly different from other card readers, but it does allow powerful synchronization options between your online Etsy shop and your physical inventory that could save you time if your Etsy shop is your main outlet for sales.

It also allows for promotional automation that doesn't require you to lift a finger, saving you time, especially if you do not yet send out your own newsletter yet.

More updates to follow when I have them!
EDIT: Doh! It seems our net or Google is acting up tonight so we'll have to try this again next month.  But to make up for it, I'll be giving away TWO artisan items then!:D


EVENT LINK:
plus.google.com/events/civdkb9…

Join me for my inaugural giveaway for my Artisan Patreon! See how my month's been going, ask me anything, and learn which lucky Patreon patron will win one of my artisan items!

Can't make it? Leave your questions here in comments and I'll answer them at the event, which will be recorded and automatically uploaded afterwards to my YouTube channel, where you can watch the broadcast later.

Sponsor me on Patreon to get in on this chance to win unique items direct from the artist! Only Patrons at the $10 and up level will be eligible for the giveaway, but anyone can ask questions during the chat, even non-Patrons! 

Questions are fielded via the Q&A text chat feature within Hangouts, so do not worry about 'calling in' if you are shy.
Custom orders are now CLOSED until my next commission season in January!  Not sure what a 'commission season' is?  Read on here.

Want to be notified when I'm available for custom/made-to-order items again?  Sign up for my newsletter over at www.angelicartisan.com!

Here are the cut-off dates for ordering from my Artisan shop by Halloween! Get your orders in soon, kiddies! *Crypt Keeper laugh*
  • For Custom and International Orders - Monday, October 6th.
  • For Ready to Ship Orders (Standard Shipping) - Friday, October 17th.
  • For Ready to Ship Orders (Express Shipping) - Monday, October 27th.
You can read all the details about custom orders, my current stock, and other news at my newsletter announcement here.
I've reached my 1st milestone on my Patreon and will be hosting my 1st Artisan Giveaway + Q&A next month!  This will be your chance to ask me questions about crafting and listen to my answers live.:D  I'll post again once I know the date/time.  For now, just sharing the excitement!

For more info about my artisan Patreon, you can read more here:


Some of my most popular Cosplay items are finally back in my Etsy shop!  

Deteriorated Hollow by Angelic-Artisan
Ezio Carnevale Mask by Angelic-Artisan  Relius Clover Mask by Angelic-Artisan

I'll be taking these old designs (plus a few new ones!) to Anime Weekend Atlanta this coming weekend!  Get them while they're hot because I only have one in stock of each style!

Finally, here's a work in progress shot of a few of the other cosplay masks, which have since been finished and will be available for sale in my shop and at AWA.  
Geek points if you can name them all!;)

WiP Cosplay Masks for AWA 2014 by Angelic-Artisan


Don't forget to sign up for my mailing list to see when I'm available for custom work as well. 
I've still got a few limited slots left!

Limited Artisan Commission Slots OPEN!I've been a little quiet at this Artisan account of mine ever since I made the decision to focus more heavily on my illustration career.  I can't deny that I've really missed having crafting in my life after spending so much time away from it!
Thankfully, I was able to come up with a compromise to let me still collaborate with all of you creative folks while still keeping leathercrafting at a manageable level for me so it doesn't overtake my life. 
I am testing out taking extremely limited artisan commissions every few months.  I will open up only 10 slots for custom work during these limited slot occasions. 
You can also join my artisan mailing list to receive notice via e-mail of when I am opening up these limited slots.
Here's a reminder of the kind of work I can do:

If interested, please email me at angela (at) angelicartisan


Till next time! See you at AWA maybe?:D

I've been a little quiet at this Artisan account of mine ever since I made the decision to focus more heavily on my illustration career.  I can't deny that I've really missed having crafting in my life after spending so much time away from it!

Thankfully, I was able to come up with a compromise to let me still collaborate with all of you creative folks while still keeping leathercrafting at a manageable level for me so it doesn't overtake my life. 

I am testing out taking extremely limited artisan commissions every few months.  I will open up only 10 slots for custom work during these limited slot occasions. 

You can also join my artisan mailing list to receive notice via e-mail of when I am opening up these limited slots.

Here's a reminder of the kind of work I can do:
Commission Info - Angelic-Artisan by Angelic-Artisan

If interested, please email me at angela (at) angelicartisan.com with your request.  Please note the following before making your request:

- I am not required to take your commission.  I will only be accepting requests which interest me.

- Clients who pay first will be slotted in first.  I work in order chronologically, #1 being the first, #2 being next, and so on and so forth.  Please bear this in mind when coming to me with a short deadline.

- I will charge extra for rush orders.

My current commission queue can be viewed at this web page.

Get your requests in now!  Halloween is just around the bend and good crafting takes time.;)



 
Cross-posted from my art account.  I could really use some help getting the word out during my project's final days!



Only a few days remain before Lady of January's Kickstarter is over!  Watch the video above to get a closer look at the Rewards I'm offering!  I also answer some frequently asked questions.

Stay tuned afterwards for a laugh.;)

Only a few days remain and I'm nowhere near being funded!  You can help give this project a much needed last minute boost by sharing the following at your favorite social media site:

Thanks so much for those of you who have already backed!  It really means so much to me.

Wishing you all inspiration!



So exciting! The Mask Lovers Facebook group has started a week-long feature of my work! Every day this week they'll be sharing one of my masks and asking a question which I get to answer in detail. I hope you'll keep up and maybe learn a thing or two there!:)

Their first question on Monday was:

My question for Angela today is: In addition to mask-making, you are quite an accomplished illustrator. Which came first, and how did you become involved in the art of mask making?

Find out my answer here!

Today they asked:

This mask is entitled "January's Mask" and has some intricate scroll work and floral patterns, that I'd like to learn more about!

For starters, I'd like to ask Angela the inspiration behind this particular piece and then segue into today's question: What themes do you find are most influential in your work?

Find out my answer to this question here  

Stay tuned for the rest of the week to see more of my best work with a new question asked each day this week!




:heart::love::love::heart: Current Craft Love :heart::love::love::heart:
Green Elven Knight Helmet Compiled by Azmal Elven Bracer by Fantasy-Craft Blue Spirit Mask by fevereon Silk Scarf Feathers - hand painted by MinkuLul Turquoise Amethyst Siamese Cat Mask 1 by merimask

Follow Me on Instagram!

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 7:22 AM



Instagram seems like a fun little place for those image and inspiration junkies out there (including myself!).  Be sure to give my Instagram accounts some Follows if you'd like to see my work, behind the scenes work in progress shots, and other fun randomness!

For My Illustration (Look up username: artbyangelasasser )
instagram.com/artbyangelasasse…

For My Artisan Crafts (Look up username: angelicartisan )
instagram.com/angelicartisan

Do you have any fun Instagrams to share?  Do tell in comments!


:heart::love::love::heart: Current Craft Love :heart::love::love::heart:
Green Elven Knight Helmet Compiled by Azmal Elven Bracer by Fantasy-Craft Blue Spirit Mask by fevereon Silk Scarf Feathers - hand painted by MinkuLul Turquoise Amethyst Siamese Cat Mask 1 by merimask

Interview at One Fantastic Week

Thu May 22, 2014, 3:24 PM



Cross-posted from my main account.

Check this out! I was interviewed for the One Fantastic Week podcast Facebook group. Learn why I decided to be a professional artist, what advice has helped me the most, what my career goals are, etc.

The interview link is here.

This will be the first of many features of the fans over at OFW. It's a great group for working and aspiring artists with a nice interactive and encouraging community. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you're a freelance artist!



:heart::love::love::heart: Current Craft Love :heart::love::love::heart:
Green Elven Knight Helmet Compiled by Azmal Elven Bracer by Fantasy-Craft Blue Spirit Mask by fevereon Silk Scarf Feathers - hand painted by MinkuLul Turquoise Amethyst Siamese Cat Mask 1 by merimask
I wanted to let you guys know that I've temporarily disabled Custom Orders at my Etsy shop.

However, don't lose heart!  I am doing this because I'd very much like the time off from fulfilling orders to work on some brand new designs.  I hope to come back later with some amazing new items to really knock your socks off!

This also means that what you see is what you get at my shop right now!  This will be your only chance to grab my current inventory till my new line of items is up.  So get them while they're hot!

Have a sneaky peek at some of my new design tinkering just to wet your palettes:


Design Sketches: Caitlan's Star Set by Angelic-Artisan

That's right!  Crowns and circlets are coming soon!  I wanted to figure out an option for eyeglass wearers (including myself!) so that we can still look pretty even if we can't wear traditional masks.  Can't let them have all the attention!

I'll keep you guys posted with new design sketches in the meanwhile.  Don't forget to grab what you can in my shop before it's gone, if you have your eye on something specific!  I will not be re-stocking for a little while until new designs are ready.

Wish me luck!  I'm excited to get started on these new inspirations!

Originally posted at ShadowScript: The Art Blog of Angela R. Sasser and my main account, AngelaSasser.

When I started in 2014 after recovering from a less than spectacular 2013, I had it in my mind that I was going to sit back and re-organize my business the way that it has desperately been needing it for a long time, but that I was too scared/lazy/etc. to do.  Fear no more, because change is in the wind!

Separate Identities for My Crafts and Art


This was a tough one. This meant building a brand, website, etc. from the ground up for my artisan crafts.  That brand is Angelic Artisan.

I fought with myself for a long time doing this, but separating Angelic Shades and Angelic Artisan allows me to keep both feeds from both brands relevant to your interests as well as allowing me to share more on each feed, instead of having art and leather crafting topics fighting for attention.

As an example of someone who can pull this off, check out windfalcon, who has splendid birds and fantastical winged beings that echo throughout both sides of her crafting and artistic identity.  It's a kind of continuity I don't have between my art and leather crafts, which makes this separation an even more important one for me.

Have a quick rundown of where you can find Angelic Artisan around the net, for those of you who love my masks and butterfly jewelry and want to keep up:

Main Website - www.angelicartisan.com

On Facebook www.facebook.com/angelicartisan

On Twitter - www.twitter.com/angelicartisan

On Tumblr - angelicartisan.tumblr.com


I've also established a mailing list for photographers interested in borrowing my masks and jewelry for photo shoots.  Sign up if you'd like to work with me on that!

It's been exciting working with the new photographers who have found me since my business reorganization over the past couple of months.  Some fantastic photos have already been born of this collaboration!


Tarot The Moon Mask (Featuring Echo) by Angelic-Artisan

Featuring photographer, Imagery Atelier, and model, Echo Manika!

A NEW YouTube Channel!


As part of my business re-organization this year, I'm planning to make YouTube my main social marketing hub.  I've been meaning to do this for a long time, but there was such a steep learning curve there where I had to figure out how to use my camera and how to edit the files in Camtasia Studio.

The introduction of Patreon this year, which works in tandem with YouTube in so many ways, meant I needed to get my butt in gear!

YouTube has changed so much!  They now allow people to link their channel to a Google+ Page and then add multiple managers to a single channel that way, which will be useful if I ever hire someone to manage some of these things for me (thinking ahead!).

Thanks to these new features, I have now created Google+ Pages and matching YouTube channels for both Angelic Artisan and Angelic Shades! (Those of you who follow my G+ name need to update to watching my Google+ Pages instead, as I will only be updating Pages from here on out).


ALL of my leather crafting videos will be disappearing soon from Angelic Shades' YouTube channel and have been moved to the Angelic Artisan channel, so please update your favorites, subscriptions, and bookmarks!

What does all this mean for you?  You'll be getting more direct interaction from me with narrated tutorials and hosted events, some of which are already up on both of my channels!

I've finally stepped out from behind the camera and easel to start hosting these videos directly, which is nerve-wracking, but also lots of fun and brings us to a whole new level of interaction!

Leather Craft Videos Moving to a New Channel! by AngelaSasser

Evolution of an Artist

Another realization I've come to is that even within my identity as an artist, I've noticed two distinct aesthetics showing through, one being my Art Nouveau style illustration and my more serious mature fantasy paintings.

While I'm not going to separate off into yet another brand, I have started to reconsider many things, such as how I'll be presenting myself at conventions.

My Art Nouveau work definitely sells better than my mature fantasy works, which may mean I will start presenting myself more consistently as an Art Nouveau artist as opposed to a Fantasy Illustrator, depending on the event. For example, my traditional work does better at IlluXcon, while my digital work does better at DragonCon.

I'm excited by this prospect, however, since Art Nouveau gives me a chance to work with traditional paints again, something I don't do so often anymore with all the digital painting I've been doing.

The Future is Now!

With all of these positive changes going on, I'm expecting my business to enter a whole new level with my art and with my interaction with all of you!  

It's an exciting time and I'm more hyped than ever to share new work with you and test my newfound knowledge.

Hold on to your butts!




Contest Ending soon!


If there are any mask-makers working in leather that watch my account here who *aren't* already members of LeatherMaskArt, you should definitely join up and participate in our first contest! The deadline is in a week and there is an insane prize hoard for anyone who might win.:D

So far, there's only ONE person who has entered and they stand to win all of that stuff, unless they get some competition soon!

Check out the contest here!


Thanks for the DD!


In other news, I woke up today to find that my Fire Seraphim Mask received a DD! Thanks ever so much to HiddenRelevance for suggesting me. Welcome, new Devwatchers!


If you are so inclined to purchase my designs, you should definitely check out my Etsy shop. I also offer exclusive rewards, giveaways, and much more if you sponsor me over at Patreon for as little as $1!


Masks for Glasses Wearers, Anyone?


Meanwhile, I have been busy, busy working on art for my 'day job' over at AngelaSasser, but am still scheming on new directions to take my masks. DragonCon looms and I always like to debut new designs there, when possible. The biggest request I get these days is for masks that can be worn by eyeglass wearers.

Your wish (and mine, being a glasses wearer myself) will be granted soon! I'm planning to crack this problem by engineering glasses-friendly designs such as circlets and crowns and perhaps filigree masks that allow for your glasses to fit through.

It's all in the works! As soon as I have time again, I'll be hitting this problem with full force!

Thanks for joining me here on dA.  I hope you will continue to enjoy my work!


:heart::love::love::heart: Current Craft Love :heart::love::love::heart:
Green Elven Knight Helmet Compiled by Azmal Elven Bracer by Fantasy-Craft Blue Spirit Mask by fevereon Silk Scarf Feathers - hand painted by MinkuLul Turquoise Amethyst Siamese Cat Mask 1 by merimask
This week I was finally able to complete swanky intro videos made for both of my Patreon pages! You guys should check them out and tell me what you think. You'll get to learn much of the following:

- The specific artist who made me want to be an illustrator.
Why I wanted to be a mask maker.
- What kind of art I was drawing involving masks back when I was a teen.
- What my masks looked like before I discovered leather. It ain't pretty!

Plus other odds and ends. Enjoy the trip down memory lane! 


Now, I can get back to actually *making* art, for as fun as all this video editing has been. So many outtakes...so...many...




The intro for my Artisan Crafts page: